BJP’s Sushil Modi Battling Cancer, Won’t Contest Lok Sabha Polls

BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said today that he has been battling cancer for the past six months. Mr Modi added that he will not be contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The absence of Mr Modi’s name from the list of BJP candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in February had sparked widespread speculations. Once considered a stalwart of the party, Mr Modi, 72, wielded significant influence over the BJP in Bihar for more than three decades.

“I have been battling cancer for the last 6 months. Now I feel that the time has come to tell people. I will not be able to do anything in the Lok Sabha elections. I have told everything to the PM. Always grateful and always dedicated to the country, Bihar and the party,” Mr Modi posted on X.

पिछले 6 माह से कैंसर से संघर्ष कर रहा हूँ । अब लगा कि लोगों को बताने का समय आ गया है । लोक सभा चुनाव में कुछ कर नहीं पाऊँगा ।
PM को सब कुछ बता दिया है ।
देश, बिहार और पार्टी का सदा आभार और सदैव समर्पित |

— Sushil Kumar Modi (मोदी का परिवार ) (@SushilModi) April 3, 2024

Having served as the deputy to JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for approximately 11 years,  Mr Modi shares a longstanding camaraderie with him. Despite his health setback, the BJP has included him in its 27-member Election Manifesto Committee, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister Piyush Goyal will serve as the convenor and co-convenors, respectively.

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