Amar Singh, former SP leader and Rajya Sabha MP passes away at 64

Back in 2013, Amar Singh had undergone kidney transplant in Dubai. However, he had returned to political life by 2016.

Written by August 1, 2020 16:52

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has passed away. He was 64.

He was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore for several months now, reports said.

Back in 2013, Amar Singh had undergone kidney transplant in Dubai. However, he had returned to political life by 2016.

Amar Singh is survived by wife Pankaja and twin daughters.

Amar Singh was a powerful politician and a key figure in Delhi’s corridors in the years of alliance politics when UPA was in power. A long-time associate of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh joined the party after a meeting with him in 1996 during a flight. He was elected to Rajya Sabha for the first time the same year.

He became an urbane face of Samajwadi Party with his cross-party political links, articulation, political acumen, resourcefulness, business connections and his links with Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Prada.

Having been expelled from Samajwadi Party in 2010, he rejoined it in 2016 and then fell out with the party again after the rise of Akhilesh Yadav during the last assembly polls.

Amar Singh tried his hand at floating his own party and formed Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011. The party contested the 2012 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh but drew a blank.