In coma since 2008, former Indian minister dies at 72

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The Indian football fraternity mourned Monday the death of former AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, who served in the position for almost two decades.

He is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmunsi who were at his bedside at the time of his passing, it said. He was in coma for the past eight years, after he suffered a severe heart attack and stroke in July 2008.

The name of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was included in the 90-member campaign committee for the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have all condoled the demise of Dasmunsi. "His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country", she added.

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Dasmunsi was heading the Indian football governing body at the time of his stroke in 2008, which led to Praful Patel taking over as president.

She said that the enormous work of Dasmunsi would be remembered for posterity and remained popular in the imagination of his people despite his prolonged illness.

Dasmunsi was first admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and later shifted to Apollo.

Dasmunsi's political career began by joining the Indian Youth Congress before entering Parliament in 1971. A West Bengal strongman, he represented Raiganj from 1999 till he fell ill.

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Dasmunsi suffered a massive stroke and was paralysed in October 2008, after which he slipped into coma. "He did notable work to popularize football in India", Modi tweeted. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi".

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

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