Amar Singh was a key figure in Delhi's corridors in the years of alliance politics when UPA was in power
In his years as a member of Rajya Sabha, Singh served as a member of several committees
New Delhi: An articulate and a resourceful politician, Amar Singh rose in political prominence after Samajwadi Party supported the Indo-US nuclear deal following the withdrawal of support by Left parties to the Congress-led UPA.
Amar Singh was a key figure in Delhi's corridors in the years of alliance politics when UPA was in power.
A long-time associate of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh joined the party after a meeting with him in 1996 during a flight. He was elected to Rajya Sabha for the first time the same year.
He became an urbane face of Samajwadi Party with his cross-party political links, articulation, political acumen, resourcefulness, business connections and his links with Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Prada.
Having been expelled from Samajwadi Party in 2010, he rejoined it in 2016 and then fell out with the party again after the rise of Akhilesh Yadav during the last assembly polls.
Amar Singh tried his hand at floating his own party and formed Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011. The party contested the 2012 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh but drew a blank.
Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada joined Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Samajwadi Party had rescued the Congress-led UPA government in 2008 after the Left parties withdrew support on the Indo-US nuclear deal. The party changed its stance on the nuclear deal after Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav met former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.