Who was Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi?

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"When I captained India to the President's Cup in Dhaka, Dasmunshi was our team manager and Milovan was the coach".

She tweeted: "I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bnaerjee has conveyed her condolence over the death of the Congress leader. "His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time", Apollo hospital authorities said.

His body will be taken to the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road in New Delhi, where top party leaders including its vice-president Rahul Gandhi will pay their homage. He made major contributions in professionalising football in the nation and beginning the National Football League.

Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya said that Dasmunsi had nerves of steel and steered the party out of critical situations both in Centre and West Bengal.

It was reported that the former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was in the coma since 2008 dies in New Delhi on Monday. Later he was shifted to home, and in 2009 he was admitted to Apollo Hospital here.

Dasmunsi was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha representing the Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency of West Bengal when he suffered the stroke.

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Remembering him as a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, Gandhi said that his enormous work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity.

Sonia expressed solidarity with the leader's family, particularly his wife Deepa Dasmunsi, and supporters.

The veteran leader became a minister for the first time in 1985, when he was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce.

Dasmunsi first became the AIFF President in 1989, succeeding K Ziauddin, and held the position for 19 years.

Reports said, Dasmunsi has suffered a brain stroke in the year 2008, where he was admitted to AIIMS. "Otherwise, he could have done more in his political life", she added.

He was the information and broadcasting minister during Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

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