Former Samajwadi Party leader and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh has passed away today in Singapore. He was 64 and had been hospitalised for a long time. Amar Singh was born on January 27, 1956, in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He was an alumnus of the of St. Xavier’s College and University College of Law, Kolkata from where he earned his LLB.
Amar Singh had been battling health issues for several years. In 2015, he was once rushed to the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi after he complained of uneasiness and had complained of pain. He had been hospitalised in Singapore at least since March this year. In March, Amar singh rubbished rumours about his deaths with a video tweet saying ‘Tiger Zinda hai’ and though “well-wishers” want him dead, he is alive, awaiting surgery.
Amar Singh, a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, had been facing health-related issues for over a decade and had undergone a kidney transplant.
Earlier today, Amar Singh extended Eid greetings to his followers on Tiwtter and also paid tributes to freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary.
Amar Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time from Uttar Pradesh in 1996. He was re-elected in June 2003. In 2016, nearly six years after being expelled from the Samajwadi Party and having been in political exile for an even longer-term, Amar Singh got elected to the Rajya Sabha as an Independent candidate from Uttar Pradesh. However, this was possible only after Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav backed his candidature. Over his decades-long political career, Amar Singh was part of a number of parliamentary committees.
Amar Singh, a former general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, was once known to be very close to the party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, in 2010, Amar Singh resigned from all party posts and was soon expelled from the party.
In 2011, Amar Singh was sent to the Tihar Jail in Delhi facing charges of corruption in the infamous ‘cash for vote case’.
Reacting to Amar Singh’s death, Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu in a message said, “I pay my homage to the untimely demise of Shri Amar Singh. I express my condolences to his family members in this time of sorrow and pray that his soul rests in peace.”
Union Defence Minister Rajanth Singh too expressed his condeolences on Amar Singh’s death. In a tweet, Rajnath Singh said he is saddened to hear about the death of Amar Singh. “He had friendly relations with all political parties.”