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‘Energetic, humorous politician with friends across spectrum’ — leaders remember Amar Singh

Amar Singh passed away after a prolonged illness on Saturday. He was 64.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 1, 2020 11:33:07 pm
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a photograph of Amar Singh with his father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, and paid obeisance to the departed soul.

Leaders across party lines remembered former Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh after he passed away Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while condoling Singh’s death, tweeted that he was an energetic public figure and had witnessed some of the major political developments in the country from close quarters.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a host of senior party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, also condoled the demise of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh. While Sonia Gandhi sent her condolences to Singh’s family, Rahul Gandhi along with other party leaders took to Twitter to express grief. “I am saddened to hear about the sad demise of Amar Singh ji. My condolences to his family and loved ones,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

Also, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a photograph of Singh with his father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, and paid obeisance to the departed soul.

President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled the demise of the Rajya Sabha MP, saying he was a man of many parts and an able parliamentarian. Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu too conveyed his condolences to Singh’s family. Paying homage to Singh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described him as an energetic leader with a humorous nature and said he had friends in all the political parties.

Echoing similar sentiments, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda said Singh was a strategist and a skilled politician with a sociable nature. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel stated that Singh will always be remembered as a valued colleague and a wonderful human being. Patel’s party colleague Raj Babbar also expressed his regards for Singh.

Amar Singh (1956-2020): A life in pictures

The political strategist passed away after a prolonged illness on Saturday. He was 64. He had been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore for several months.

During his first stint of 14 years from 1996 to 2010, Singh had networked extensively for the party and was often spotted with celebrities from Anil Ambani to Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, from Sanjay Dutt to Sahara India founder Subrata Roy. One rival leader had used the expression “Corporate Thakur” to describe the man who brought in professionals to man the SP office in Delhi.

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