Manipur governor Syed Ahmed, dies in Mumbai

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Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed died in Mumbai on Sunday morning following a brief illness, a family member said. He was 70.

Ahmed breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital where he was admitted recently. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

A former Congress leader and Maharashtra minister, Ahmed was sworn-in governor of the north-eastern state of Manipur on 16 May this year. Prior to that, he was governor of Jharkhand since September 2011.

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As a Congressman, he was elected to Maharashtra legislative assembly five times from his native Nagpada constituency in south Mumbai and later served as a minister in two governments, handling various portfolios.

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His funeral shall be held in Mumbai on Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the Rehmadabad Cemetery in Byculla, said his son Syed Zeeshan Ahmed, a prominent state Congress leader.

Expressing grief over Syed Ahmed’s demise, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, described Ahmed as “a gentle, soft-spoken and studious person”.

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In a message, Rao said, “Dr. Ahmed had sincere urge to address the problems of the common man. He was a writer and poet too. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”

Senior leaders of the Maharashtra and Mumbai Congress also condoled Syed Ahmed’s death.

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