Sushil Kumar Modi

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Sushil Kumar Modi
Sushil Kumar Modi 1.JPG
3rd Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar
Assumed office
27 July 2017
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byTejashwi Yadav
In office
24 November 2005 – 16 June 2013
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byKarpoori Thakur
Succeeded byTejashwi Yadav
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded bySubodh Ray
Succeeded bySyed Shahnawaz Hussain
Personal details
Born (1952-01-05) 5 January 1952 (age 67)
Patna, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Jessie George
ResidencePatna, Bihar, India
Alma materPatna University
As of 18 June, 2006
Source: Government of Bihar

Sushil Kumar Modi (born 5 January 1952) is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party who is serving as Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar since 27 July 2017. Previously he was Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2013.[1] He is 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.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Sushil Modi was born on 5 January 1952 in a Marwari (Vaishya Bania) family.[3][4][5] His father was Moti Lal Modi and his mother was Ratna Devi.[6] He has done BSc from B N College, Patna. He graduated Patna Science College and did Botany Hons in 1973. Later he left MSc Botany Course in Patna University, to join social movement started by Jai Prakash Narayan.

Political career[change | change source]

Sushil Modi addressing a rally in Nayagaon, Sonpur in 2015

In 1990, he joined active politics and successfully contested from Patna Central Assembly (now known as Kumhrar (Vidhan Sabha constituency)).[7] He was re-elected in 1995 & 2000. In 1990, he was made the Chief Whip of the BJP Bihar Legislature Party. From 1996 till 2004 he was the Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly. He filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Patna High Court against Lalu Prasad Yadav, which was later known as Fodder Scam. He became a member of Lok Sabha in 2004 representing the constituency of Bhagalpur.

He was the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in a short lived Nitish Kumar government in 2000. He supported the formation of the State of Jharkhand.

In 2005 Bihar election, NDA came to power and Modi was elected the leader of Bihar BJP Legislature Party. He subsequently resigned from the Lok Sabha and took over as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. He was given the Finance Portfolio along with a number of other departments. After NDA victory in 2010 Bihar elections, he continued to be the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. Modi did not contest the 2005 and 2010 Bihar Assembly elections to be able to campaign for BJP.[3]

In 2017, Sushil Modi was the main player behind the fall of the JDU-RJD Grand Alliance government in Bihar, with his continuous tirade against RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family for four months over his alleged benami properties and irregular financial transactions.[8]

Positions held[change | change source]

Period Positions Note
1973–77 General Secretary, Patna University Students Union
1983–86 All India General Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
1995–96 Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party
1996–2004 Leader of Opposition Bihar Legislative Assembly
2000 Minister, Parliamentary Affairs Government of Bihar
2004 Member, Lok Sabha 14th lok sabha
1990–2004 Member, Bihar Legislative Assembly 3rd term
November 2005 – June 2013 Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar 3rd Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar
November 2005 – June 2013[9] Finance Minister of Bihar Finance Minister of Bihar
2017–Incumbent Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar 5th Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bihar elections: Sushil Modi tops BJP's list of CM probables".
  2. The Hindu- 19 July 2011. New Delhi: Sushil Modi elected new chief of Empowered Committee on GST [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Minorities may be allergic to the BJP, but not to me'".
  4. "Why Sushil Kumar Modi is worried ahead of Bihar assembly elections".
  5. Malhotra, Jyoti (15 September 2015). "In a state where kinship and lineage are significant determinants of your success in politics, Sushil Modi's Bania caste makes him a bit of an outlier". Mail Online. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. "Not just upper castes: OBCs, Dalits turning to BJP too". Firstpost.
  7. "BJP's Vote Winner Profile of Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar".
  8. "SuMo: Architect of grand alliance fall".
  9. "JD(U) ends 17-year-old marriage with BJP, Bihar CM axes 11 ministers - Times of India". The Times of India.

Other websites[change | change source]