Irani condoles demise of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

Pauline Gross
November 21, 2017

At the time of his stroke in 2008, Dasmunsi was heading AIFF, leading to Praful Patel taking over his president. All the functions like breathing, blood pressure, sleep-awake cycle were stable but Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was not conscious of the surroundings.

Mr. Dasmunsi was the West Bengal State Congress president from 1970 to 1971. He was a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2009.

He was the cabinet minister in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Bhaichung Bhutia (former India captain): Very very sad to hear about Priya da's demise.

Dasmunsi was a parliamentarian from Raiganj constituency in West Bengal.

The news was confirmed by West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

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Dasmunsi had also been involved with the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, and later headed the legal committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

At the same tournament, he was handed the match commissioner's role for the Australia-Croatia game in the same round. "His contribution to football can not be forgotten, " Dutta said. Under him, the National Football League started in 1996 (which was rechristened I-League in 2007) and everything today is moving ahead based on the foundation he laid.

IM Vijayan (former India player): It is a big loss for Indian football.

Indian football's biggest stars IM Vijayan also recalled his contributions to the sport. He brought private channels to telecast matches. In matters political, or personal, I used to seek his guidance on nearly everything, " said Subrata Mukherjee, the senior most minister in Mamata Banerjee's cabinet. "My condolences to his family and associates", the President added. Dasmunshi, also a diabetic, suffered the heart attack the same year in July on way to Kolkata from Malda district in northwest Bengal, after attending a Congress party meeting.

"His work at the vast work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity".

"Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular in imagination of his people".

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