AMAR Singh passes away at 64

Former SP leader and RS MP Amar Singh dies at 64

AMAR Singh, industrialist turned parliamentarian having friends across political spectrum, passed away on Saturday, August 01  in Singapore after a protracted illness. He was undergoing treatment. Singh, 64, had undergone a kidney transplant in 2011 and was not keeping well for a long time. ‘’Saddened to know about the death of senior leader and parliamentarian Amar Singh,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted. 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 one of the leaders of Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh. He was the general secretary of the Samajwadi Party and was a member of the Rajya Sabha. On 6 January 2010, he resigned from all the posts of Samajwadi Party and was later expelled from the party by its chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, on 2 February 2010. He spent a brief period in judicial custody in 2011. He finally retired from politics. In 2016, he re-joined Samajwadi Party and was elected to Rajya Sabha. Singh had launched his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011, and fielded candidates in 360 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 assembly polls. However, his party did not win a single seat in these elections. He joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal party in March 2014, contested the general elections that year from Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh in 2014  general election but lost. Mourning his demise at a young age, Prime Minister Narendra  Modi says ‘’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. Amar Singh MP and a person I have known for long.  Although he was mostly with SP, but he made friends across the spectrum of political parties. My condolences to his family’ ’Senior journalist PK Chakravarty adds ever-smiling Amar Singh was a source of news to journalists during his active political career. Having spent several years in Kolkata. Aligarh born Amar Pal Singh  had studied at St. Xavier’s College and University College of Law in Kolkata, was also fluent in speaking Bangla. He played a small role in movie Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai and also played the role of a politician in Director Shailendra Pandey’s Film JD. He was a movie buff and could claim several friends in Bollywood. He was married to Pankaja Kumari Singh. The couple together has two daughters named Disha Singh and Drishti Singh.

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