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Modi leads tributes after Indian politician Amar Singh dies

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 22: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh during the pre-Christmas lunch party hosted by Image Guru Dilip Cherian and his wife Devi Cherian on December 22, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Amar Singh, an Indian politician and former leading figure of the Samajwadi Party, has died aged 64, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

(CNN)Amar Singh, an Indian politician and former leading figure of the Samajwadi Party, has died aged 64, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

Singh held vast political power within the left-wing party until 2010, when he left the bloc to become an independent politician.

Leaders across the Indian political spectrum paid tribute to him on Saturday.

"Amar Singh Ji was an energetic public figure," Modi wrote.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind added: "Sad to hear of the demise of senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Shri Amar Singh.

Opposition leader Rajya Sabha also sent condolences, describing Singh as "a fighter throughout his life. "

Singh had battled ill health for several years but continued to send messages on his Twitter page, celebrating Eid and paying tribute to revolutionary fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak hours before his death.

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