Rajya Sabha MP and former SP leader Amar Singh dies at 64

RSTV Bureau

 

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

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

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh has died in Singapore where he was undergoing treatment.

Amar Singh, 64, had undergone kidney transplant in 2011 and was not keeping well for a long time.

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.

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.”

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.

Earlier in the day, the former Samajwadi leader had posted messages on Twitter, paying tributes to Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his 100th death anniversary and also wishing people on Eid.

Amar Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time from Uttar Pradesh in 1996. He was re-elected in 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.