Sushil Kumar Modi death reactions: Sushil Modi cremated with full state honours

Former Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi passed away on May 13, 2024 due to cancer.

Updated - May 14, 2024 09:57 pm IST

Published - May 14, 2024 12:38 am IST

Senior BJP leader and former Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi's son Akshay Amritanshu and others carries his mortal remains on their arrival, in Patna pn May 14, 2024.

Senior BJP leader and former Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi's son Akshay Amritanshu and others carries his mortal remains on their arrival, in Patna pn May 14, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi passed away in Delhi AIIMS, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary confirmed on May 13 evening after battling cancer for seven months. He was 72.

A timeline of Sushil Kumar Modi’s political career

Sushil Kumar Modi had, earlier in April, revealed that he was battling cancer and would not campaign in the general elections. He held various positions in his three-decade-long political career. He served as MLA, MLC and member of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2013 and again from 2017 to 2020. 

President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Haryana counterpart Nayab Saini, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, among others, condoled the demise of veteran BJP leader.

  • May 14, 2024 18:39
    BJP leaders pay their respect

    BJP leaders, including Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, paid their respects to the mortal remains of Sushil Kumar Modi at the State’s Assembly premises.

  • May 14, 2024 17:49
    Sushil Modi to be cremated with full state honours

    The last rites of Sushil Modi will take place around 6 p.m. in Patna today. Modi (72), who was suffering from cancer, died in AIIMS, New Delhi, late on Monday. Earlier today, the mortal remains of the former Deputy CM was brought to Patna from New Delhi. Several senior BJP leaders were present at the airport to receive the body. The body was taken to his residence in Rajendra Nagar.

    BJP president J.P. Nadda is likely to be present for the funeral. Modi will be cremated with full state honours, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said. - PTI

  • May 14, 2024 13:58
    Sushil Kumar Modi: a timeline of his political career

    Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi passed away on May 13 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary confirmed. 

    Here is a timeline on his political career:

    1952: Born on January 5, 1952 to Moti Lal Modi and Ratna Devi

    1973: Attended Patna Science College and graduated with B.Sc (Hons) Botany. He joined M.Sc (Botany) but discontinued in between. He became the general-secretary of Patna University Students’ Union. Lalu Prasad Yadav was the president of the union at that time.

    1974: Sushil Kumar Modi spearheaded the famous Bihar Student’s Movement. He was arrested five times during the JP movement and the Emergency.

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  • May 14, 2024 12:57
    Arvind Kejriwal condoles demise of former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 14 condoled the demise of former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who passed away on Monday due to cancer. 

    In a post on X, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi. May God give a place to the departed soul and give strength to his loved ones and supporters in this hour of grief.”

  • May 14, 2024 10:51
    Sushil Modi to be cremated in Patna on May 14 evening

    The last rites of senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, will take place around 6 p.m. in Patna on May 14, party sources said.

    “The mortal remains of Sushil Modi will be brought from Delhi to Patna around 11.30 a.m. and taken to his house in Rajendra Nagar. Later, his body will be taken to the Bihar assembly and the BJP state headquarters where party workers will pay their tribute to the departed leader,” said a senior Bihar BJP member.

    - PTI

  • May 14, 2024 09:07
    RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat shared a condolence message for Sushil Modi

    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat shared a condolence message for Sushil Modi.

    In his message, Mr. Bhagwat said that Mr Modi was a committed Swayamsevak of the RSS and also remained the National General Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). 

    “He used to be always concerned about the nation and its welfare, with a special focus on Bihar. With his demise, the nation has lost an awakened social worker and a skilled political leader. He was an ideal example of sincerity and transparency in public life. We extend our deepest condolences on his demise and pray the almighty to grant strength to the family at this hour of grief and bestow sadgati to the departed soul,” The RSS chief wrote.

  • May 14, 2024 09:06
    “Sushil Modi’s absence can never be filled”: BJP’ Shahnawaz Hussain expresses grief over former Bihar Deputy CM demise

    Senior BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain expressed sorrow over the demise of former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and said that the late veteran was an ideal leader, guardian, friend and elder brother, who’s absence can never be filled. 

    Mr. Hussain took to his social media handle on X with a video message and condoled the demise of the former politician. 

    “It is very sad news that our leader, BJP senior leader, Sushil Modi is no longer among us. Sushil Modiji was our guardian, friend, elder brother. Supporting in every sorrow and happiness, he had the image of an ideal leader in Bihar,” said Hussain.”Be it anyone’s sorrow or happiness, Sushil Modiji used to reach there for them. He used to take everyone along. He will be sorely missed, his absence can never be filled,” added Mr. Hussain.

  • May 14, 2024 09:02
    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh condoles Sushil Kumar Modi’s death

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday condoled the death of senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. 

    “Early this morning, I read about the sad demise of Sushil Modi, the former Deputy CM of Bihar, a former Rajya Sabha MP, and a distinguished product of the JP Movement in Bihar during the mid-70s He and I belonged to diametrically opposed political ideologies, but that had not come in the way of our sharing a warm personal friendship for years, often bantering with each other,” he said in a post on X. 

    Lauding Modi for his speeches in the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Ramesh said they were heard with rapt attention. “His speeches in the Rajya Sabha were heard with rapt attention. They were deeply researched and well argued. His criticisms of his political opponents on the flloor of the House were sharp but dignified,” he added. 

  • May 14, 2024 05:55
    Irreparable loss for political world: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Former MP CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Sushil Modi’s contribution to the development of Bihar is exemplar, which will never be forgotten.”

    “The news of the demise of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi ji is extremely sad. His demise is an irreparable loss for the political world. I pray to God to give place to the noble soul in his feet and give strength to the family and supporters to bear this immense sorrow,” Mr. Chouhan posted on X. - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 05:26
    Huge loss to the nation: Vice-President

    Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar also said that Sushil Modi’s demise is a huge loss to the nation’s socio-political landscape.

    “Deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Sushil Kumar Modi Ji. His untimely demise is a huge loss to the nation’s socio-political landscape. As a Member of Parliament and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushil Modi ji believed in political propriety and always exemplified decency and decorum. His Parliamentary contributions would ever be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and admirers during this difficult time,” he said. - PTI

  • May 14, 2024 04:42
    A personal loss: Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav also condoled the demise of veteran BJP leader and said that his departure is his personal loss.

    ”The news of the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushil Modi ji is very sad. He came a long way from student politics to active politics and did remarkable work in all roles. I also had the opportunity to work with him in Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. His departure is my personal loss,” he said. - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 04:27
    Shocked and saddened: Haryana CM

    Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Saini said, “I am shocked and saddened by the news of the sudden demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. I pray to God for peace of the departed soul and strength for the bereaved family.” - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 04:05
    Affable, brilliant, and well-rooted leader: Devendra Fadnavis

    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Sushil Modi will be remembered for his contribution towards transforming Bihar. 

    “Saddened to know about the untimely demise of former Bihar Deputy CM, former MP Sushil Kumar Modi ji. I had got the opportunity to work closely with him, when I was in charge for BJP during Bihar Assembly Elections. He was affable, brilliant, and well-rooted leader. He will be always remembered for his contribution towards transforming Bihar. I pay my tributes to Him. My deepest condolences to his family, followers & karyakartas from Bihar,” he said. - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 03:49
    Lost my best friend: Ashwini Kumar Choube

    Union Minister of State and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that Sushil Modi was not just a leader but a member of his family for 55 years.”I have lost my best friend. Extremely sad, heartbreaking. May Baba Kedarnath give him a place in his holy feet. Tearful tribute! 100 times bow before you!” Mr. Choubey posted on X. - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 03:29
    A sociable person: Rajeev Shukla

    Congress leader Rajeev Shukla termed Sushil Modi as a sociable person who had a great understanding of financial issues.”Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and MP Sushil Kumar Modi ji. He was a sociable person and had a great understanding of financial issues. My condolences are with his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr. Shukla posted on X. - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 03:13
    Lalu Yadav condoles Sushil Modi’s demise

    In his post on X, Lalu Yadav said, “We received the sad news of the demise of Sushil Modi who was our friend brother from the time of Patna University Students Union, i.e. for the last 51-52 years. He was a combative, dedicated social and political person. May God grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength to the family to bear the loss.” - ANI

  • May 14, 2024 03:05
    Irreparable loss: Nadda

    In his tribute, BJP president J.P. Nadda recalled his long association with Sushil Modi when both were student leaders as ABVP members, and said his entire life was dedicated to Bihar.

    He played a helpful role in pulling Bihar out of the “jungle raaj” and bringing it on the path to development, Mr. Nadda said, describing his demise as an “irreparable loss” to party workers. - PTI

  • May 14, 2024 00:43
    Sudden demise an irreparable loss, says President Droupadi Murmu

    In her condolence message, President Droupadi Murmu said the sudden demise of Sushil Kumar Modi is an irreparable loss.

    “His gentle nature, contribution as an efficient administrator and integrity in public life were reflected in his personality and work. As Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Member of Parliament and Member of both the Houses of the State Legislature, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi upheld high ideals,” she said. -- PTI

  • May 14, 2024 00:42
    Sushil Kumar Modi public life dedicated to service of people

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Sushil Modi’s long public life was dedicated to the service of the people and the welfare of the poor.

    Bihar BJP President and state Deputy Chief Minister, Samrat Chaudhry said, “Heartfelt tribute to former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sushil Kumar Modi ji on his demise.” Another Deputy CM Vijay Kumar Sinha said he would always be remembered for his organization skills, administrative understanding and his deep knowledge of social and political issues.” 

    Condoling his death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a post on X, “Sorry to hear about the sad demise of Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends. May the departed soul rest in peace.” RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also said he was extremely saddened to hear the news of Modi’s death.

    He described Modi as “our guardian, struggling and hardworking leader”. -- PTI

  • May 14, 2024 00:41
    Irreparable loss for Bihar, says Nitin Gadkari

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the demise of Sushil Kumar Modi is an irreparable loss for Bihar and the country.

    “I have personally worked with Sushil since the days of the Vidhyarthi Parishad. Sushil will always be remembered as a leader dedicated to his ideology. He has made a significant contribution to strengthening the party and the organization in Bihar. He worked for the development of Bihar throughout his life,” he said.

  • May 14, 2024 00:40
    Bihar lost a pioneeer of politics, says Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Bihar has lost a great pioneer of politics forever.

    “His politics was dedicated to the interests of the poor and the backwards. The void that has emerged in Bihar politics due to his demise cannot be filled for a long time,” he said.

    In his X post, Mr. Shah said “I am saddened by the news of the demise of our senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi ji. Today Bihar has lost a great pioneer of politics forever. From ABVP to BJP, Sushil ji has adorned many important positions in the organization and government. His politics was dedicated to the interests of the poor and the backward. The void that has emerged in Bihar politics due to his demise cannot be filled for a long time. In this hour of grief, the entire BJP stands with his bereaved family. May God give a place to the departed soul in his lotus feet. Om Shanti Shanti.”

  • May 14, 2024 00:40
    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says it’s a personal loss

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed grief over the demise of Modi.

    In a statement, Kumar said, “It’s a personal loss for me. We were together during JP movement. His death has created a vacuum in the political arena of the country as well as in Bihar”. -- PTI

  • May 14, 2024 00:25
    BJP leaders pay tributes to former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi

    Senior BJP leaders on Monday paid tributes to former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, as they recalled his contribution as an administrator and politician, especially in his home state.

    Expressing pain at his demise, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said his long public life was dedicated to public service and the poor’s welfare. He worked hard to strengthen and popularise the BJP in Bihar, the minister said.

    His development work in the state will always be remembered, he said.

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Bihar has lost a “great pioneer” in politics. His politics was always dedicated to the interest of the poor and backwards, and the void in Bihar’s politics caused by his death cannot be filled for a long time, he said.

    In his tribute, BJP president J P Nadda recalled his long association with Modi when both were student leaders as ABVP members, and said his entire life was dedicated to Bihar.

    He played a helpful role in pulling Bihar out of the “jungle raaj” and bringing it on the path to development, Nadda said, describing his demise as an “irreparable loss” to party workers.

    Battling cancer for many months, Modi breathed his last on Monday.

    His long association as the deputy to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been seen as the best of the NDA rule in Bihar as the two leaders were praised by many experts for restoring law and order, and boosting growth while maintaining political stability and harmony in the BJP-JD(U) alliance. -- PTI

  • May 14, 2024 00:24
    Sushil Modi, arguably the tallest BJP leader to have emerged from Bihar

    Arguably the tallest leader the BJP has produced in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi shall be remembered for patiently working towards the party’s ascendance in a state where it is on its way to become a dominant force.

    Born in a Vaishya family in Bihar, Modi got involved in student politics while pursuing his BSc at Patna University and had played a key role in the Bihar movement of 1974 led by legendary socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, during which he also came in touch with his future collaborator Nitish Kumar and would be adversary Lalu Prasad.

    He went on to become one of the most prominent leaders of the ABVP, the RSS’s students’ wing, in Bihar, and often credited his entry into politics to the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. - PTI

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  • May 14, 2024 00:22
    Sushil Modi made invaluable contributions to BJP’s rise, success in Bihar: PM

    Paying tributes to former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on May 13 that he made invaluable contributions to the BJP’s rise and success in Bihar.

    Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi died on May 13 evening, the party said. The 72-year-old leader was suffering from cancer. He died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here at 9:45 pm, hospital sources said.

    Expressing deep pain at his untimely death, the prime minister described Sushil Modi as a valuable colleague and friend for decades and said he had made a unique mark in student politics while fiercely opposing the Emergency.

    “He was known as a very hard working and sociable legislator. He had a deep understanding of subjects related to politics and worked very admirably as an administrator,” the prime minister said on X.

    Sushil Modi’s active role in the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act will always be remembered, he added. -- PTI​

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