Senior BJP neta, Bihar ex-dy CM Sushil Modi passes away | India News

NEW DELHI: Senior BJP functionary and Bihar’s ex-deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, 72, passed away at AIIMS-Delhi on Monday. He was suffering from urinary bladder cancer. Modi also served as FM of Bihar for two terms. He was appointed chairman of the panel on GST implementation and played a key role in tax enforcement. PM Modi said, “I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Sushil Modi ji, my valuable colleague in the party and my friend for decades…”
Days before he was wheeled into hospital, Sushil Modi had revealed on April 3 that he had been diagnosed with cancer six months ago and would not take part in BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign.“I have been battling cancer for the last six months. Now, I feel that the time has come to inform people about it. I will not be able to do anything in the Lok Sabha elections,” Sushil Modi had posted on X.
Sushil Modi had the rare distinction of having been a member of all four legislative chambers at the central and state levels — Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state assembly and state legislative council.
My valuable colleague, friend for decades: PM on Sushil Modi
In his condolence message, PM Narendra Modi 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.
His active role in the passage of GST will always be remembered. My condolences are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!” the PM posted.
Sushil revealed cancer fight ahead of polls, had opted out
Days before he was wheeled into hospital, Sushil Modi had revealed on April 3 that he had been diagnosed with cancer six months ago and would not take part in BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign. “I have been battling cancer for the last six months. Now, I feel that the time has come to inform people about it. I will not be able to do anything in the Lok Sabha elections,” Sushil Modi had posted on X.
Who was Sushil Modi
Sushil Modi had the rare distinction of having been a member of all four legislative chambers at the central and state levels — Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state assembly and state legislative council.
Besides being deputy CM in the Nitish Kumar-led NDA govt, Sushil Modi served as state finance minister from 2005 to 2013 and 2017 to 2020. He had the rare distinction of having been a member of all four legislative chambers at the central and state levels — Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state assembly and state legislative council.
Sushil Modi was also chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on GST and played crucial roles in enforcement of the new levy introduced in 2017.
Born in Patna on Jan 5, 1952 to Moti Lal Modi and Ratna Devi, Sushil Modi graduated from Patna Science College with BSc (Hons) in botany in 1973. He enrolled in MSc but left midway to join Lok Nayak Jayaprakash (JP) Narayan’s movement. Sushil Modi married Jessie George, a Mumbai-based Christian with Kerala roots, in 1986.
He began his political career as a student activist. He became general secretary of Patna University Students’ Union in 1973. RJD prez Lalu Prasad was prez of the union at the time. Sushil Modi was arrested five times during the JP Movement and the Emergency. He had challenged the constitutional validity of Misa — acronym for the Maintenance of Internal Security Act — in Supreme Court. He was jailed several times under the draconian law in the 1970’s.

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