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

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

We are talking about Rajya Sabha member and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh who passed away today after a prolonged illness in Singapore.

Singh, a former general secretary of the Samajwadi Party (SP), was once very close to party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. "My condolences to his heartbroken family", Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Condoling the death of Amar Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as an energetic public figure, who had witnessed some major political developments from close quarters. The Rajya Sabha MP had travelled to Singapore in March for surgery due to kidney-related ailments.

"There is a feeling of sorrow from the news of the demise of senior leader and MP Shri Amar Singh".

Singh was considered the architect of the alliance between Samajwadi Party and the Congress-led UPA-II after the Communist Party of India withdrew from the government over a nuclear deal with the US. Singh and his protege, actor Jaya Prada, were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February 2010 for "anti-party activities".

Venkaiah Naidu to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan condolences poured in as the news broke.

Singh was quite active on social media despite his illness.

He is survived by his wife Pankaja and twin daughters Disha and Drishti. "No matter which party he belonged to, he had good relations with everybody".

Singh had battled ill health for several years but continued to send messages on his Twitter page, celebrating Eid and paying tribute to revolutionary fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak hours before his death. But that was not the first time that he had been expelled from the party.

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