New Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh passed away on Saturday. He was 64. Notably, Singh was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore for several months now. He is survived by wife Pankaja and twin daughters.Also Read - 'I Don't Trust UP Police, BJP Govt,' Says Akhilesh Yadav After State Police Arrest Two Terrorists of Al-Qaeda-Supported Outfit
Earlier in the day, he had wished Eid Al Adha to all his followers on micro-blogging site Twitter. He had also paid tribute to freedom fighter and educationist Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary. Also Read - 'Take Inspiration From Mulayam': BJP Takes A Dig At Akhilesh Yadav After SP Founder Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19
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Earlier in March 2020, he had dismissed ‘rumours of his death’ saying that many of his ‘well-wishers’ want the rumour to come out true but he is alive and in good spirit. Sharing a video on his official Twitter handle, the former SP leader had informed that the doctors treating him have said that his brain is as active as that of a 10-year-old child.
“I am Amar Singh, speaking from Singapore. Himmat baki hain, josh baaki hain. Hosh bhi baaki hain. Hamare dost ye keh rahein hain ki Yamraj ne hamein apne paas bula liya hain. Aisa Kuchh nahi hain.. (My friends, wellwishers, have been saying that I am dead. But this is not true),” Singh had said then.
He had also grabbed the limelight after he released a video where he was seen expressing ‘regret’ for his behaviour towards Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family. The former SP leader had recorded the video and posted on his official Facebook account after receiving a message from Bachchan on his (Singh) father’s death anniversary.
“If not anything, he was elder to me. I should have been sober to him. I realise, I must express regret for the harsh words I used (against them). In my mind, more than hatred, I had disappointment towards his behaviour. But it seems, he never had any disappointment, nor bitterness in him (against me). He has some feelings. That’s why he has conveyed his tributes on my father’s death anniversary. Acknowledging that I would urge the God to give justice to all according to their karma. We should leave it to the almighty,” a feeble looking Amar Singh had said in that video.