Guwahati: Amar Singh, Rajya Sabha MP and veteran politician, passed away at a hospital in Singapore where he had been undergoing treatment for several months. He was 64.
Singh, who is survived by wife Pankaja and twin daughters, had suffered kidney failure in Dubai in 2013. However, he made a comeback to politics in 2016 in spite of his ailment.
Curiously, Amar Singh had posted a tweet on his official twitter handle moments earlier, at 2:09 pm today.
Paying tribute to freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, he wrote, "Tribute to the great revolutionary freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak ji on his death anniversary. His contribution will be remembered forever."
Earlier in the year, amid swirling rumors over the former Samajwadi Party leader's death, he had tweeted, "Tiger Zinda Hai."
The Indian embassy in Singapore had reportedly been extending support to the ailing politician. In a video he posted in March, Singh assured his countrymen that he would be back soon.
Meanwhile, Singh's death has been condoled by fellow politicians. BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain paid tributes to Amar Singh. "No matter which party he belonged to, he had good relations with everybody."
अमर सिंह जी का जाना बहुत दुखद।— Syed Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) August 1, 2020
दोस्तों के दोस्त, दोस्ती निभाने वाले व्यक्ति। #AmarSingh
Kalraj Mishra has also expressed sorrow on Amar Singh's death. He will be remembered for all his contributions. "We had very close relations. This is a personal loss for me."
It needs mention here that Singh, in 2016, was elected to Rajya Sabha with support from Samajwadi Party even after facing stiff opposition from a section of the party including the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav. He was also reinstated as one of the general secretaries of the party in October of the same year.