Sushil Kumar Modi passes away at 72: All you need to know about the veteran Bihar leader | India News

NEW DELHI: Former Bihar deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. In April this year, Modi had revealed that he was suffering from cancer and that he would not contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections due to his poor health.
Vijay Kumar Sinha, Bihar deputy CM, shared the news on X. “This is an irreparable loss for the entire BJP organisation family as well as countless workers like me.He will always be remembered for his organisation skills, administrative understanding and his deep knowledge on social political issues. May God grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to the family in this hour of grief,” said Sinha.

All you need to know about Sushil Kumar Modi:

  • Sushil Kumar Modi was born on January 5, 1952.
  • He served as finance minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2013, and from 2017 to 2020.
  • Modi was a lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
  • He was appointed the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers for the Implementation of Goods and Service Tax in July 2011.
  • Modi attended Patna Science College and graduated with BSc (Hons) Botany degree in 1973. He enrolled in MSc Botany Course at Patna University but left the course midway to join the social movement started by Jai Prakash Narayan.
  • He married Jessie George on 13 August 1986, a Christian Keralite hailing from Mumbai.
  • Modi was arrested five times during JP Movement and the Emergency. During The Emergency, he was arrested on 30 June 1975 and remained in jail for 19 months.
  • He was appointed the State Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad after the Emergency.
  • During his tenure at ABVP he led a movement against the declaration of Urdu as the second language of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
  • In 1990, he joined active politics and successfully contested from Patna Central Assembly (now known as Kumhrar). He was re-elected in 1995 & 2000.
  • In 2017, Sushil Modi was the main player behind the fall of the JDU-RJD Grand Alliance government in Bihar.

(With inputs from agencies)

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