Bihar Mourns: Former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi Passes Away at 72

A stalwart in Bihar politics and a key figure in the BJP, Modi’s legacy leaves an indelible mark on the state’s political landscape

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, breathed his last on Monday evening after bravely battling cancer. A stalwart in Bihar politics, Modi played a pivotal role in uncovering the infamous fodder scam and stood as a close ally to the current Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. His demise marks the end of an era in Bihar’s political landscape, leaving behind a legacy of integrity and unwavering dedication to public service.

Throughout his illustrious political career, Modi held various esteemed positions, from serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to representing Bihar in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. His tenure as Deputy Chief Minister from 2005 to 2013 and again from 2017 to 2020 was marked by his astute leadership and remarkable contributions to the state’s finance ministry. A true statesman, Modi garnered respect across party lines for his commitment to upholding the principles of good governance and accountability.

In April, Modi took to social media to disclose his battle with cancer, revealing that he had been undergoing treatment for the past six months. Despite his health challenges, he continued to serve the people of Bihar with unwavering determination, exemplifying resilience in the face of adversity. His passing has left a void in the political arena, with leaders from across the spectrum mourning the loss of a beloved figure known for his humility and dedication to public welfare.

Modi’s enduring legacy extends beyond his political achievements, as he remained deeply committed to the values espoused by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) throughout his life. His leadership roles, both within the BJP and as the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers for the Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), underscored his unwavering commitment to advancing the nation’s interests.

As the nation mourns the loss of a respected leader and statesman, Sushil Kumar Modi’s contributions to Bihar and the broader political landscape will be fondly remembered, serving as an enduring testament to his enduring legacy of service and dedication.