Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi passed away, diagnosed with cancer.

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. Sushil Kumar Modi had revealed in April this year that he was suffering from cancer and would not contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections due to his ill health.

The body of the former Rajya Sabha MP will be brought to his residence in Patna's Rajendranagar area tomorrow (May 14) and the last rites will be performed later in the day.

Several BJP leaders, including Bihar's current deputy chief minister Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, expressed grief and condoled with the bereaved family of Sushil Kumar Modi.

“Heartfelt tributes to former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and former Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Sushil Kumar Modiji on his demise. It is an irreparable loss to Bihar BJP. Om Shanti Shanti” Posted by Samrat Chowdhury on X. (formerly known as Twitter).

“Susheel Modi ji is no longer with us, it is an irreparable loss to the entire BJP family as well as workers like me. He will always be remembered for his organizational skills, administrative acumen and keen knowledge of socio-political issues. May the departed soul rest in peace and give strength to the family in this hour of grief,” tweeted Vijay Kumar Sinha.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav also expressed his condolence over X and said, “Susheel Kumar Modi is no longer with us. May God rest his soul in eternal peace and in this hour of grief. Give strength to the family.” .

Who was Sushil Kumar Modi?

Born on 5 January 1952, Sushil Kumar Modi began his political journey as a student activist at Patna University, where he served as the general secretary of the student union in 1973.

In his three-decade-long political career, Sushil Modi has held various positions, including MLA, MLC, and member of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2013 and again from 2017 to 2020.

The veteran politician was first elected as MLA from Patna Central constituency in 1990. He also served as the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly from 1996 to 2004.

In 2004, Sushil Modi transformed national politics by winning the Lok Sabha seat from Bhagalpur. However, in 2005, he resigned from his Lok Sabha post to join the Legislative Council and assumed the role of Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

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Purva Joshi

Date of publication:

May 13, 2024

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