NEW DELHI:Former Samajwadi Party leader and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh passed away 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 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 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.
Earlier today, Amar Singh extended Eid greetings to his followers on Twitter 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 and got re-elected in 2003. He came into prominence in India’s political circles in late 1990s, particularly after his chance meeting with Samajwadi Party founder and president Mulayam Singh Yadav in a flight.
By this time, Amar Singh was already a member of an elite club of businesspersons with high-profile connections. He had his business interests in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, among other states.
In politics, Amar Singh always professed personal loyalty to Mulayam Singh Yadav even after he was expelled from the party in 2010, when Mulayam Singh Yadav ‘s son Akhilesh Yadav asserted control over the party. There were allegations that Amar Singh was trying to create a rift within the party and the Yadav family in particular, while others alleged that he was himself warming up to Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party.
The Samajwadi Party, then headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, expelled Amar Singh, his protege Jayaprada and four MLAs from the party’s primary membership over charges of indulging in “anti-party activities”.
Soon after his expulsion, Amar Singh denied all charges of anti-party activities. He said that although he had never spoken against the SP, a political party couldn’t be run like a dictatorship. He said his biggest regret was that the SP was trying to blame its alliance with Kalyan Singh (BJP) on him.
In the past, Amar Singh had undergone a kidney transplant.