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'Lost my brother': Union Minister Ashwini Choubey breaks down as he grieves over Sushil Modi's demise | VIDEO

Senior BJP leader and Bihar former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who was suffering from cancer, died on Monday night in a New Delhi hospital.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Patna Updated on: May 14, 2024 10:06 IST
Sushil Modi, Ashwini Choubey
Image Source : INDIA TV/PTI Union Minister Ashwini Choubey breaks down while talking about the demise of former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi.

Sushil Modi demise: Union Minister Ashwini Choubey, a close friend of former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, became emotional and broke down while remembering the departed. He expressed deep sorrow, stating that he feels as though he has lost a brother.

Sushil Modi passed away at Delhi's All-India Institute of Medical Sciences on Monday evening after a seven-month battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

'I lost my brother'

In a self-made video, Choubey on Tuesday said, "Sushil Kumar Modi ji was just not my friend but he was my family. Today I lost my brother, I can't explain it. Who was always with me, he always supported me and gave me suggestions whenever I needed them. Sometimes I used to scold him too, but he never felt bad. I had never imagined that I will have to see this day as well.

"Sushil Modi ji was a very polite leader. Whenever he used to get angry with someone, he used to say to me, 'Choubey ji yeh mujhse lagta hai ki daat diya uss aadmi ko.' I have never had such a leader who was dedicated to his party, the BJP. He was a computer who used to learn everything very fast. Like a computer, he used to remember each piece of data. He knew all the fields," Choubey said.

CM Nitish Kumar, other leaders express condolences 

Meanwhile, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expressed grief on the demise of the former Deputy Chief Minister. 

The mortal remains of Sushil Modi will be brought from Delhi to Patna by a special plane and his funeral will be conducted with state honours. "Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expresses grief on the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister and former Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi. On the instructions of CM Nitish Kumar, the mortal remains of Sushil Kumar Modi will be brought from Delhi to Patna by a special plane. His funeral will be conducted with state honours. CM consoled his wife Jessie George by talking to her over the telephone," the Chief Minister's Office informed.

 

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami condoled the demise of Sushil Modi and prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul. "Received the news of the demise of senior BJP leader and former Deputy CM of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi. This is an irreparable loss for the BJP family and the organisation. Your life dedicated to the welfare of the poor and the backwards is inspirational for all of us," Dhami posted on X.

Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma said that news of the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi is "extremely sad." "The news of the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, former Rajya Sabha MP and senior leader Shri Sushil Kumar Modi is extremely sad. I pray to Almighty God to give place to the departed soul in his feet and provide strength to the bereaved family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!"

Who was Sushil Kumar Modi?

Sushil Modi's political journey began as a student activist at Patna University, where he served as the general secretary of the Students' Union in 1973. Over his three-decade-long political career, Modi held various positions, including MLA, MLC, and member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He served as the deputy CM of Bihar from 2005 to 2013 and again from 2017 to 2020.

Modi, elected as an MLA for the first time in 1990 from the Patna Central constituency, held the position of chief whip of the BJP legislature party. He also served as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly from 1996 to 2004.

In 2004, Modi was elected as a member of the Lok Sabha from Bhagalpur. He relinquished his Lok Sabha seat in 2005 to become a member of the legislative council and was appointed as the deputy chief minister alongside Nitish Kumar. After his stint in state politics, Modi was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2020, retiring earlier this year.

Also Read: Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP leader and former Bihar Deputy CM, dies after battle with cancer

Also Read: PM Modi condoles Sushil Modi's death, remembers his contribution in Bihar BJP's rise

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