Amar Singh Image Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Key Indian politician and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh died after a prolonged illness. He was 64. He had left for Singapore in March for treatment for an illness related to the kidneys.

He had posted a short video message on March 22 on Twitter from the hospital bed. On March 2, he had posted another video message to end rumours that claimed that he was dead.

Amar Singh was a key leader in the Samajwadi Party at a time when the party moved to support the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2008, after the Communist Party of India withdrew from the government over a nuclear deal with the US.