Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, says his death an irreparable loss to Congress and India

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday condoled the demise of senior leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, saying it is an "irreparable loss" to the party.

Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Monday. He was 72.

His body will be taken to the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road, where top party leaders including its vice-president Rahul Gandhi will pay their homage.

File image of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. twitter @INCIndia

File image of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. twitter @INCIndia

In her condolence message, 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.

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

The former Union minister had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was hospitalised since then.

Updated Date: Nov 20, 2017 15:03 PM

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