Political leaders, relatives pay last tributes to Amar Singh

PTI

File photo: Rajya Sabha MP and former SP leader Amar Singh

File photo: Rajya Sabha MP and former SP leader Amar Singh

Political leaders, relatives paid their last tributes to the former Samajwadi leader and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh who died on Saturday in a Singapore hospital.

The 64-year old Singh had been ill for a very long time and was undergoing treatment in Singapore for the past few months.

Singh’s body was brought to the national capital in a chartered aircraft on Sunday evening. The cremation was held at the Chhatarpur crematorium.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Jaya Prada were among the first ones to pay floral tributes to the former Samajwadi Party leader at his Chhatarpur farmhouse.

Prime Minister Narender Modi too expressed his condolences on the passing away of Singh. He remembered the former Rajya Sabha MP as an energetic public figure who was known for his friendship across many spheres of life.

“Amar Singh Ji was an energetic public figure. In the last few decades, he witnessed some of the major political developments from close quarters. He was known for his friendships across many spheres of life. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his friends & family. Om Shanti.”, PM Modi tweeted Saturday evening.

Amar Singh is survived by his wife Pankaja Singh and two daughters.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Singh’s last rites were performed in the presence of a limited number of people.

Amar Singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996. After leaving Samajwadi Party, he founded Rashtriya Lok Manch in 2011. He joined Jat leader Ajit Singh’s party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal in 2014. He was elected to Rajya Sabha again in 2016 as an independent member but with support from the Samajwadi Party.