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Sushil Modi, Bihar's former Deputy CM and BJP leader, says 'fighting cancer for past 6 months'

Sushil Kumar Modi expressed that it was time to inform the public about his health condition and stated that he won't be able to participate actively in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections due to this.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: April 03, 2024 13:58 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament, Sushil Kumar Modi during a press conference.

In a surprising revelation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Sushil Kumar Modi took to Twitter to disclose that he has been grappling with cancer for the last six months. The veteran politician stated that he felt it was the right time to inform the public about his health condition. He stated that due to his health condition, he will not be able to actively participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Modi, who has held key positions in Bihar politics and has been a member of all two houses of the parliament, including the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, made the revelation on Wednesday, April 3.

"I have been battling Cancer for the past 6 months. I felt that it was time to tell people about it. I will not be able to do anything during the Lok Sabha elections. I have told the Prime Minister everything," said Sushil Kumar Modi on X.

Sushil Kumar Modi, apart from serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, has also held the position of Finance Minister in the state. He has been actively involved in politics for over three decades and has contributed significantly to Bihar’s political landscape. Modi mentioned in his post that he had informed the Prime Minister about his health condition and expressed gratitude towards the nation, Bihar, and his party.

This disclosure comes at a crucial time as the Lok Sabha elections are around the corner, and Sushil Kumar Modi, being a senior leader of the BJP, would typically be involved in various election-related activities. However, with his health condition, he has conveyed his inability to actively participate in the electoral process.

Sushil Kumar Modi's political career

Modi’s political journey commenced during his university days at Patna University, where he actively engaged in students’ politics. His leadership skills propelled him to the position of the general secretary of the university’s students’ union in 1973, laying the foundation for his subsequent political endeavors.

Stint as deputy CM

Modi’s political ascent continued as he transitioned from student politics to mainstream governance. He served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar for two terms, from 2005 to 2013, and later from 2017 to 2020, playing a pivotal role in shaping the state’s political landscape.

Legislative career

Modi’s legislative journey was marked by numerous milestones. He first entered the Bihar Legislative Assembly as an MLA from the Patna Central constituency in 1990, subsequently assuming the role of the chief whip of the BJP legislature party. His leadership prowess was further evident during his tenure as the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly from 1996 to 2004.

Parliamentary stint

Modi’s foray into national politics saw him elected as a Member of Parliament from Bhagalpur in 2004, representing the Lok Sabha. However, he relinquished his Lok Sabha seat in 2005 to assume membership in the legislative council, where he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.

Rajya Sabha tenure

In 2020, Modi transitioned to the Rajya Sabha, where he served as a member until his retirement earlier this year. His tenure in the upper house was characterised by his astute legislative acumen and unwavering commitment to public service.

Legacy and contribution

Throughout his illustrious political career, Sushil Kumar Modi left an indelible mark on Bihar’s political landscape. His dedication, leadership, and vision have significantly contributed to the state’s development and governance.

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