New Delhi, Aug. 1 -- : 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 actor...