Tributes pour in after Indian politician Amar Singh dies
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Tributes pour in after Indian politician Amar Singh dies

Amar Singh battled a kidney related illness for years

The Indian politician Amar Singh, aged 64, passed away yesterday in Singapore after a long battle with a kidney related illness.

Singh travelled to Singapore in March where he had undergone surgery for his ongoing kidney illness, and subsequently passed away after failing to recover from his health battle.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi shared his condolences in a heartfelt social media post saying, “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”.

Amar Singh was a powerful former figure in the left-wing Samajwadi Party until 2010, before he left to start his new career as an independent politician. Singh was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha parliament by voters in Uttar Pradesh, and political leaders across India have paid their tributes to him online.

Amitabh Bachchan, who was a close friend to Amar, was amongst the many who paid their tributes. He did so by posting a black and white image of him bowing his head on Twitter, supported by some text written in Hindi which translated to, “I am stricken by sorrow, my head is bowed, only prayers remain, the soul that was close to my heart has gone forever”.

Mr Singh was very close to the Bachchan family, and would often call Amitabh Bachchan his elder brother. He is also famously credited for igniting Jaya Bachchan’s interest in politics. 

It’s clear that Amar Singh changed the lives of many and made a huge contribution to Indian politics. Despite battling with health issues for seven years, Singh continued to contribute online and even celebrated Eid just hours before he passed away.

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