New Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh dismissed the rumours of his death, which were doing the rounds on social media, and revealed that he was in fact in Singapore seeking treatment.
In a video captioned “Tiger Zinda Hai”, released on Twitter Monday, he said that even though his “well-wishers” wanted him dead, he is alive and well.
Singh asserted that he will come back stronger, “However I am, I am yours, good or bad. I will live my life the same way as in the past. “
“Once, I had fallen off of an airplane, even then yamraj didn’t accept me,” he added.
Undergoing treatment in Singapore
Singh is currently undergoing treatment for kidney ailments. Two years ago, he had a kidney transplant and for the past three months, he has been frequently visiting Singapore for the same.
Singh, who looked frail in the video, said, “There is enough courage, enthusiasm and spirit left in me and my treatment is underway. Hopefully, with Goddess Bhavani’s blessings, I will return with double energy.”
On those spreading the rumours of his death he stated, “Whoever is spreading this fake news, I thank you very much.”
The former Rajya Sabha MP had previously grabbed headlines when he expressed regret over his fallout with actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family. He had tweeted that on his “death bed”, he regrets his “overreaction against Amit ji & family”.
Singh was very close with the Bachchans since the 1990s. He had helped Bachchan out when the latter’s production company went bankrupt in 1999. However, the relationship soured when the superstar did not visit Singh when he had been briefly jailed in 2008, for bribing three MPs to support Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I government during a trust vote.
Amar Singh was a key member of the Samajwadi Party in 2008, when the party moved to support the UPA-I government after the Communist Party of India withdrew from it over a nuclear deal with the US.
In 2010, after a rift with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he set up his own party Rashtriya Lok Manch. However, the party failed to win even a single seat in the following year’s assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
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