Amar Singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996 Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, 64, passed away in Singapore on Saturday, said reports.

He was undergoing treatment for prolonged kidney-related illness at a hospital in Singapore for several months. He was admitted to ICU, added reports.

Hours prior to his death, Singh had tweeted an Eid-Al-Adha message. He also paid tribute to freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary.

Counted among one of the most powerful leaders in the country, Singh had been dealing with kidney-related ailments for over a decade.

In 1996, Singh was first elected to the Upper House from Uttar Pradesh. He was re-elected in June 2003 and elected again in 2016 from UP. Over his decades-long political career, Amar Singh was part of a number of parliamentary committees.

Condoling his death, Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted, “I am very sorry to hear about the sad demise of a very dear friend Amar Singh ji. He was a fearless politician and had the guts to speak out his mind. We shall miss him.”

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Saddened to know about the passing away of senior leader and MP Amar Singh.”

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