LUCKNOW || Former Samajwadi Party (SP) stalwart and Rajya Sabha Member Amar Singh passed away at a medical facility in Singapore on Saturday afternoon. The 64-year-old leader was ailing for a long time with serious renal issues. He had both his kidneys transplanted many years back but developed some complications last year.
He retreated from public life for a year now but would appear on social media through Tweets and some videos shot at the hospital room.
He was at one time very close to Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, something which didn’t go down well with his son and present SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who blamed him for trying to drive a wedged between the father-son.
Amar Singh was a key leader in the Samajwadi Party at a time when the party moved to support the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2008 after the Communist Party of India withdrew from the government over a nuclear deal with the US.
Amar Singh and his protege, actor Jaya Prada, were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February 2010 for “anti-party activities”. Amar Singh became very bitter at the fag end of his life and almost severed all his close relationships with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Ambani.
He will, however, be remembered as one of the most powerful networkers and backroom players of Indian politics.