New Delhi: Rajya Sabha member, former Samajwadi Party leader, and famed power broker during the UPA era, Amar Singh (64), lost his battle with kidney ailments on Saturday. He passed away in a Singapore hospital where he was undergoing treatment for kidney ailments.
From Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, condolences poured in as the news broke.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Amar Singh was friendly with all political parties. He remembered him as "humorous and always energetic".
वरिष्ठ नेता एवं सांसद श्री अमर सिंह के निधन के समाचार से दुःख की अनुभूति हुई है। सार्वजनिक जीवन के दौरान उनकी सभी दलों में मित्रता थी।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 1, 2020
स्वभाव से विनोदी और हमेशा ऊर्जावान रहने वाले अमर सिंहजी को ईश्वर अपने श्रीचरणों में स्थान दें। उनके शोकाकुल परिवार के प्रति मेरी संवेदनाएँ।
"Amar Singh, MP and a person I have known for long, died today. Although he was mostly with the SP, but he made friends across the spectrum of political parties. My condolences to his family" said BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.
Amar Singh MP and a person I have known for long, died today. Although he was mostly with SP, but he made friends across the spectrum of political https://t.co/sq1ncErLyj condolences to his family— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 1, 2020
Singh was expelled from the Samajwadi Party in 2017 after a rift between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh, his father, started to widen. But that was not the first time that he had been expelled from the party.
Singh underwent a successful second kidney transplant. But the abdominal infection couldn't be reversed, according to news reports.