MP Amar Singh passes away

    New Delhi (NVI): Rajya Sabha member and former Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh, died today at a hospital in Singapore. Singh had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for several months and had lately been admitted to its intensive care unit.

    Singh, 64, had undergone kidney transplant in 2011 and was not keeping well for a long time.

    The flamboyant businessman-politician, who was once counted as India’s most influential icons from industry, politics and Bollywood among his closest friends, had been a key player in the cut and thrust of Indian politics till about a decade ago.

    His Twitter handle remained active till hours before the news of death emerged, as he paid tributed to Bal Gangadhar Tilak and also wished people on Eid.

    Leaders across the political spectrum condoled Amar Singh’s death and said he was one of those politicians who had friends in all parties

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”

    “Deeply saddened to learn that Shri Amar Singh, a dear colleague and member of Rajya Sabha is no more. I have been enquiring about his well-being and we were in constant touch during his treatment in Singapore. I was hoping that he would recover and return home soon,” Vice President Venkaiak Naidu tweeted.

    -CHK