Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Veteran Congress Leader, Dies at 72
New Delhi, Nov 20: Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, a Congress veteran leader, died on Monday after almost nine years in coma. The 72-year-old Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was one of Congress’s most popular leaders in West Bengal and was elected to the Lok Sabha five times. Dasmunsi was admitted to New Delhi’s Apollo hospital in 2008 following a stroke resulting in a paralytic attack.
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister when he suffered a massive stroke that left him paralysed and unable to speak. Blood supply to a part of his brain was cut off, which caused irreversible damage leading to coma. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1971 from the then South Calcutta constituency.
After winning his second term in the Lok Sabha in 1984 from Howrah constituency, Dasmunsi was made a minister for the first time in 1985. He was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce in the ministry of the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmuni.