Former Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh died in Singapore on Saturday (August 1, 2020). He was 64 years old and had been undergoing treatment in Singapore for a long time.He is survived by wife Pankaja and twin daughters.
The Rajya Sabha MP,who was under treatment there, had earlier undergone a kidney transplant.He had suffered kidney failure in 2013.
Earlier this morning,Singh had tweeted a tribute to freedom fighter and educationist Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary and also wished Eid Al Adha to all his followers.
Earlier on March 22,Singh had posted a short video message on Twitter from the hospital bed.In the video,he made an appeal to all his followers to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the fight against Coronavirus.
“Tiger Zinda Hai,” he had written in his short message posted along with the video.
Amar Singh was once considered a very powerful SP leader but his clout as a politician declined ever since he floated his own outfit after leaving the Samajwadi Party.He was once considered SP founder Mulayam Singh’s close confidante.
Amar Singh was the general secretary of the Samajwadi Party and a member of the Rajya Sabha.In January 2010, he resigned from all the posts of the Samajwadi Party and was later expelled by chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on February 2, 2010. Singh and his protege, actor Jaya Prada, were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February 2010 for “anti-party activities”.
He spent a brief period in judicial custody in 2011 and finally retired from politics.
In 2016, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha with support from Samajwadi Party. He was reinstated as one of the general secretaries of the party in October 2016.