Sushil Kumar Modi, Veteran BJP Leader and Former Bihar Deputy CM, Passes Away at 72

Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, passed away at 72 after battling cancer. Modi served Bihar for over 11 years and held various positions, leaving a significant void in the state's leadership.

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Sushil Kumar Modi, Veteran BJP Leader and Former Bihar Deputy CM, Passes Away at 72

Sushil Kumar Modi, Veteran BJP Leader and Former Bihar Deputy CM, Passes Away at 72

Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, passed away on Monday at the age of 72. In April, Modi had disclosed that he was battling cancer and would not contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections due to his health condition.

Why this matters: The passing of Sushil Kumar Modi marks the end of an era in Bihar politics, leaving a significant void in the state's leadership and potentially impacting the balance of power in the region. His legacy and contributions to Bihar's development will be remembered and studied by future generations of politicians and policymakers.

Modi served as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister for over 11 years in two terms: from November 2005 to June 2013 and then from July 2017 to December 2020. He formed a strong alliance with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U). Throughout his three-decade-long career, Modi held various positions, including MLA, MLC, Member of the Lok Sabha, and Rajya Sabha MP.

Modi was a prominent figure in the 1974 JP Movement, alongside leaders like Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar. He was considered the most influential BJP leader in Bihar since the party's founder, Kailashpati Mishra.

In a social media post, Modi revealed his battle with cancer, saying: "I have been battling with cancer for the last six months. I feel that now the time has come to make it public. I would not be able to do my work during the Lok Sabha polls. I have shared this with the PM. My gratitude to the country, Bihar and my party."

Numerous BJP leaders, including current Bihar Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, expressed sorrow and offered their condolences to Sushil Kumar Modi's grieving family. Samrat Chaudhary posted: "Heartfelt tribute to former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sushil Kumar Modi ji on his demise. This is an irreparable loss for Bihar BJP. Om Shanti Shanti."

BJP President JP Nadda also mourned Modi's passing, stating: "The news of the demise of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Sushil Modi ji is extremely sad. From the Vidhyarthi Parishad till now, we have worked together for the organization for a long time. Sushil Modi ji's entire life was dedicated to Bihar. Sushil Modi ji's efforts have been very helpful in bringing Bihar out of jungle raj and putting it on the path of development. His absence is an irreparable loss for countless workers."

The mortal remains of Sushil Kumar Modi will be brought to his residence in Patna's Rajendra Nagar area on May 14. The last rites will be performed later in the day. Modi's passing marks the end of an era in Bihar politics, leaving behind a legacy of leadership and dedication to the state's development.

Key Takeaways

  • Sushil Kumar Modi, former Bihar Deputy CM, passes away at 72.
  • He battled cancer and wouldn't contest 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
  • Modi served as Deputy CM for 11 years and held various positions.
  • He was a prominent figure in the 1974 JP Movement and Bihar politics.
  • BJP leaders, including JP Nadda, mourn his passing and praise his legacy.