Sushil Modi of the BJP loses his fight against cancer; PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee express condolences for his passing

May 14, New Delhi/Patna Veteran BJP politician and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi died away on Monday at the AIIMS in Delhi, little over a month after he disclosed he had cancer. He was seventy-two.

As the most tenured Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar (from 2005 to 2013 and from 2017 to 20), Sushil Modi was also responsible for the Finance ministry. As a prominent member of the GST Council, he played a significant role in the introduction and execution of the Goods and Services Tax.

A member of the Rajya Sabha since 2020, he had refused to run in the current Lok Sabha elections due to health concerns after disclosing the fatal illness he was afflicted with in a post on X on April 3.

The moment has come for me to disclose that I have cancer, which I have been suffering from for the last six months. I will be unable to participate in the Lok Sabha election on behalf of my party. I have previously disclosed my illness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said in the article, “I am grateful and committed to my nation, Bihar, and my party.

As the nation sent their condolences to the deceased leader, PM Modi took the lead.

He expressed his “deep sadness at the untimely death” of Sushil Modi in a heartfelt post on X in Hindi, calling the man “an invaluable colleague and a close friend for decades.”

“He made a priceless contribution to the BJP’s ascent and victories in Bihar. As he ascended from student politics, his unwavering resistance to the Emergency helped him forge a distinctive character. He was regarded as an affable and diligent legislator. He was well-versed in political matters. His term as an administrator was commendable. His helpful contribution to the implementation of the GST will never be forgotten. My sympathies go out to his family and friends at this time of loss. Om Shanti!” wrote the PM.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called Sushil Modi’s death a significant loss for Bihar and offered his sincere sympathies.

We learned with great sadness of our buddy Bhai Sushil Modi’s passing. For the last 51–52 years, he has been my buddy. He was a committed political and social activist. He prayed, “May God grant the departed soul eternal peace and the family strength to bear the loss.”

“I am very grieved to learn of the premature passing of revered Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, a former Bihar deputy chief minister, guardian, and a tireless leader. May God give his family and well-wishers strength at this time of loss and tranquility to the departed soul at his feet. “Om Shanti Om,” said Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly and the Deputy Chief Minister in between Sushil Modi’s two terms in office.

“We are sorry to learn of the untimely passing of former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Modi. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, stated on X, “May the departed soul rest in peace.”

Those who met Sushil Modi after his illness included RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, BJP President J.P. Nadda, and Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Giriraj Singh.

Sushil Modi was born on January 5, 1952, in Patna. He attended the esteemed B.N. College to pursue a BSc degree, but he dropped out to join Jai Prakash Narayan’s Sampoorna Kranti movement, which launched his political career.

He began his political career in 1990 and was re-elected in 1995 and 2000 after winning the Patna Central seat (now Kumhrar) in the Assembly. In 2004, he was chosen from Bhagalpur to serve in the Lok Sabha.

During the time of Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, he was one of the most vociferous and well-known members of the Bihar BJP and served as Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. He and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also had a unique rapport.

Following the NDA’s election to power in Bihar in 2005, Sushil Modi left the Lok Sabha to take a position as Deputy Chief Minister in the Nitish Kumar administration. In addition, he joined the Legislative Council. He kept the position when the NDA won back control in the 2010 Assembly election till Nitish Kumar left the party in 2013. After Nitish Kumar re-joined the NDA in 2017, he continued to hold the position till the 2020 Assembly elections.

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