Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi Passes Away at 72; All You Need to Know About the Veteran Congress Leader

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Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi Passes Away at 72; All You Need to Know About the Veteran Congress Leader

New Delhi, Nov 20: Veteran leader of the Congress party and former All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who was in a coma since 2008 passed away on Monday at the age of 72. He had represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) of West Bengal. West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury confirmed the […]

New Delhi, Nov 20: Veteran leader of the Congress party and former All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who was in a coma since 2008 passed away on Monday at the age of 72.

He had represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) of West Bengal. West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury confirmed the news of his demise.

Following his demise, Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed her heartfelt condolences. Remembering him as a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, Sonia said that his immense work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity. Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular in imagination of his people. His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country.

Take a look at Dasmunsi’s political journey:

Positions Held

  • 1970 onwards : Member, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.)
  • 1970-71 President, Youth Congress, West Bengal
  • 1971 Elected to 5th Lok Sabha
  • 1971-72 General Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (P.C.C.), West Bengal
  • 1971-75 Elected President, Indian Youth Congress
  • 1971-77 Member, Public Accounts Committee
  • Special Invitee, Congress Working Committee
  • 1977 Elected Member, Central Election Committee, I.N.C.
  • 1977-78 Elected Member, Congress Working Committee
  • 1979 Member, C.P.B., AICC (S)
  • 1980-82 President, P.C.C. (S), West Bengal
  • 1984 Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1985-88 President, P.C.C., West Bengal
  • 1985-89 Union Minister of State, Commerce
  • 1989-91 Vice-President, P.C.C., West Bengal
  • 1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
  • Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
  • 1998 Member, CPP Executive Committee
  • Working President, PCC, West Bengal
  • 1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (4th term)
  • Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha
  • 1999-2004 Member, Committee on Railways
  • Member, Committee on Government Assurances
  • Member, Business Advisory Committee
  • Member, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme
  • Member, Committee on Public Accounts
  • 2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 5th term)
  • 23 May 2004 -Nov. 2005 Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources
  • 2005 onwards Minister of Information & Broadasting ; Parliamentary Affairs
  • 6 April 2008 onwards Minister, Information and Broadcasting

Social And Cultural Activities
He had served as a President of Gan Sanskriti Sangsad, a mass cultural organisation founded by Late Dr. Nihar Ranjan Roy

Special Interests
Defence studies and environment; Tagore and other Nobel laureates in literature

Other Intrests: 

He was devoted to NCC Cadet since college days. In 1962-66, Dasmunsi stood first in the march past ceremony of West Bengal Cadet Camp at Salua, Kharagpur.

Dasmunsi suffered a massive stroke on October 12, 2008, which left him paralysed. He was unable to speak since then. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and was later shifted to Apollo Hospital. He remained on life support, and was diagnosed with a complete failure of the left ventricular system.

He is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmunsi.