One of the most popular Congress leaders in West Bengal, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who was in a coma since 2008, passed away at Apollo hospital. “He died at 12.10 p.m.,” an Apollo doctor told IANS. According to hospital sources, his family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time.
The seventy-two-year-old Dasmunsi had suffered a brain stroke in 2008 and was admitted to AIIMS. Later he was shifted to home, and in 2009 he was admitted to Apollo Hospitals.
In her condolence message, Congress president Sonia Gandhi described Dasmunsi as a “devout” political activist and “one of the tallest” leaders of West Bengal. She said Dasmunsi served the party and government “illustriously”.
“His work at the immense work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity,” she said. Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular among his people. “His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too condoled his death on Twitter
Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2017
In a tweet, he said Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience.
Modi tweeted, “Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.
Dasmunsi represented Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal before being succeeded by his wife Deepa.
Calling Dasmunsi a good human being, with a brilliant political mind, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “the Congress party has lost a tall leader”
We will miss Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi ji. A brilliant political mind and a good human being. Bengal and the Congress party have lost a tall leader. Our thoughts are with Deepa ji today.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 20, 2017
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, who had known Dasmunshi for long expressed her deep anguish at his passig away. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. My deep condolence to members of his family, well-wishers and party workers. He was a very popular leader in Bengal since 1972…” Banerjee posted on her twitter handle.
The TMC chief said, “He (Dasmunsi) was in coma for almost 9 years. A massive stroke in 2008 virtually ended his political career. Otherwise he could have done more in his political life. He was still alive but now he is no more. It is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace,” she tweeted.
I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. It is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/YLyeFaBYm9
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 20, 2017
Banerjee also declared half-day holiday for state government employees as a mark of respect for Dasmunshi.
Congress party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala too tweeted his Condolences on Dasmunsi’s demise
My deepest condolences at the passing away of Priyo Da. You shall be dearly missed.
May your soul rest in peace ?? pic.twitter.com/FKQ1DRPoWC
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 20, 2017