Mumbai: Manipur governor Syed Ahmed passed away at a private hospital on Sunday morning, people familiar with the matter said. Ahmed was suffering from cancer and admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra last week, they said. He was 73 and is survived by wife, one son and two daughters. He was sworn in as the governor of Manipur on 16 May 2015.

Ahmed, a former Congress leader from Maharashtra, was shifted to the north-eastern State from Jharkhand, where he was appointed governor on 26 August 2011 when the United Progressive Alliance government was in power at the centre. Besides dabbling in politics, where he started his career in Congress, Ahmed also had a flair for writing, especially in Urdu. Ahmed held two master’s degrees (in Hindi and English) and a doctorate in Urdu. He has written an autobiography Pagdandi se Shahar Tak. His other literary works included Maktal se Manzil, Kafas se Chaman and Jange-Azaadi Me Urdu Shayari.

Ahmed joined the Congress party in 1977. He was elected to the Maharashtra assembly five times from the Nagpada constituency in Mumbai. He also served as a minister in Maharashtra, where he held portfolios like housing. Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat condoled the death of Ahmed and said his demise was an irreparable loss to the party and the country.