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Senior BJP leader and former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi dies

He was diagnosed with cancer in April this year

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi (Illustration: Ajay Mohanty)

Barkha Mathur New Delhi
Senior BJP leader and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi passed away at the age of 72 on Monday, said the Bihar unit of BJP.
Modi had in April this year revealed that he was suffering from cancer and that he would not contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections due to his poor health.

"I have been battling cancer for the last 6 months. Now I feel that the time has come to tell people. I will not be able to do anything in the Lok Sabha elections. I have told everything to the PM. Always grateful and always dedicated to the country, Bihar and the party," the former Rajya Sabha MP posted on X.

His mortal remains will be brought to his residence in Patna's Rajendra Nagar area on Tuesday (May 14). The last rites will be performed later in the day.

PM Modi, other leaders mourn Sushil Kumar Modi

Politicians across party lines mourned the stalwart leader, once the BJP's best-known face in Bihar. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited him for the rise and success of BJP in Bihar. He said, "I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Sushil Modi ji, my valuable colleague in the party and my friend for decades. He has played an invaluable role in the rise and success of BJP in Bihar. "
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Bihar has lost a great pioneer of politics forever. "I am saddened by the news of the demise of our senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi ji. Today Bihar has lost a great pioneer of politics forever. From ABVP to BJP, Sushil ji has adorned many important positions in the organization and government. His politics was dedicated to the interests of the poor and the backward. The void that has emerged in Bihar politics due to his demise cannot be filled for a long time. In this hour of grief, the entire BJP stands with his bereaved family. May God give a place to the departed soul in his lotus feet. Om Shanti Shanti,' read a rough translation of the post by Shah.
Leader of the Opposition in Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav remembered the former deputy chief minister of Bihar as a "struggling and hardworking leader". 

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief also paid her tributes. Taking to X platform, she said, "Sorry to hear about the sad demise of Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends. May the departed soul rest in peace."

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First Published: May 13 2024 | 11:02 PM IST

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