Veteran Samajwadi politico Amar Singh passes away in Singapore

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

He was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore for several months.

"Tiger Zinda Hai", he had written in his short message posted along with the video.

At one point of time, Amar Singh was considered to be one of the most powerful politicians in India due to his links with the Bachchan family and Anil Ambani, the younger brother of India's richest businessman, Mukesh Ambani. In the last few decades, he witnessed some of the major political developments from close quarters. But in 2016, their relationship took on strains after Mr Singh went public with his complaints against Jaya Bachchan, a Samajwadi Party leader.

"Saddened to know about the death of senior leader and parliamentarian Amar Singh", Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted. "He will be remembered for all his contributions".

"We are deeply sorry at the passing away of Rajya Sabha MP Shri #AmarSingh. My condolences to his family", said BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy. "May God give them strength in this time of grief".

Singh held vast political power within the left-wing party until 2010, when he left the bloc to become an independent politician. He was once considered SP founder Mulayam Singh's close confidante. However, in 2010 there was a fallout and Singh resigned from all party posts and was soon expelled.

It was he who brought actor Jaya Prada, who was once a Telugu Desam Party MP, into the Samajwadi Party, and she was elected to Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh's Rampur twice.

Singh was expelled from the Samajwadi Party in 2017 after rift between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh, his father, started to widen.

He spent a brief period in judicial custody in 2011 and finally retired from politics.

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