Wed. May 22nd, 2024

Sushil Kumar Modi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar, dies at 72

Sushil Kumar Modi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar, dies at 72Sushil Kumar Modi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar, dies at 72

Sushil Kumar Modi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar, passed suddenly from cancer at the age of 72. Sushil Modi declared in April of this year that he had cancer and that, as a result, he would not run for the Lok Sabha in 2024. On Tuesday, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar will have his final rites done.

Sushil Modi revealed that he had been battling cancer for the preceding six months. He informed PM Modi about his condition. Following the spread of this news, Prime Minister Modi expressed his condolences to his late colleague.

“I am profoundly saddened by the premature passing of Sushil Modi ji, a cherished colleague in the party and a friend of mine for many years. He contributed significantly to the BJP’s growth and achievements in Bihar. By staunchly opposing the Emergency and making his mark in student politics, he carved a distinguished path for himself,” PM Modi expressed on X.

Bihar Deputy CM Samrat Choudhary and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav also offered their condolences to the departed soul.

“Deeply saddened by the passing of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sushil Kumar Modi ji. This is a significant loss for the Bihar BJP. May he rest in peace,” Choudhary expressed.

Referring to Sushil Kumar Modi as “our guardian,” Yadav expressed, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the premature passing of the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, our guiding light, and diligent leader, respected Shri Sushil Kumar Modi ji. May the departed soul find solace in the divine, and may strength be bestowed upon the family and supporters during this time of sorrow. Om Shanti Om.”

Renowned as the BJP’s most influential figure in Bihar, Modi’s astute political prowess was frequently emphasized during electoral periods. His political journey commenced in 1973 as a student activist at Patna University, where he earned the position of general secretary of the students’ union.

For approximately 11 years, he served as the deputy to Janata Dal (United) chief and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He achieved victory in the Bihar assembly elections three times between 1990 and 2004.

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From 1996 to 2004, he held the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar assembly. In 2003, he assumed the role of BJP’s national vice president, which he maintained until 2005. Modi graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Botany from Patna University. He is survived by his wife, Jessie George, who is a college professor, and two sons – Utkarsh Tathagat and Akshay Amritanshu.

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