Amar Singh dies at 64: From being SP’s go-to-man, expulsion from party to ties with Bachchans, and more

Having no family political background, Amar Singh managed to become a very important figure in Indian politics from late 90s to 2010s with highly-placed contacts in every party, Bollywood, and even among the business conglomerates.

Former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh passed away at the age of 64 on Saturday evening in Singapore after a prolonged illness. Amar Singh was reportedly in Singapore for a second kidney transplant.

Born in Azamgarh, he had a humble beginning as a young member of the Congress’ ‘Chhatra Parishad’ in Kolkata, where his family ran business, and then become the face of Lutyens’ Delhi’s politics of political machinations, as he helped the UPA-1 government survive a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha in 2008 as the Samajwadi Party backed the Congress-led dispensation.

Having no family political background, Amar Singh managed to become a very important figure in Indian politics from the late 90s to 2010s with highly-placed contacts in every party, Bollywood, and even among the business conglomerates.

Condolences poured in for the former Rajya Sabha member who died on Saturday after facing health-related issues for over a decade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: “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”.

Defence Minister Rajanth Singh expressed his condolences 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.”

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also took to Twitter to pay his condolences and tribute to Amar Singh.

Just months ago, Amar Singh had scotched rumours of his death by posting a video titled “Tiger Zinda Hai!!” on Twitter and had said that he was awaiting surgery in a Singapore hospital and would be…

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