Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sushil Modi - BJP Leader - Bihar

Sushil Kumar Modi was born on the 5th of January, 1952.

He joined Ram Mohan Roy Seminary for his  8th to 10th. Mr Modi was a bright student from the start and throughout his school life he secured 1st division.  He was a proud scholar and holder of the National Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence.He did his pre-university from Commerce College, Patna and B.Sc. from B.N.College, Patna with a 1st Division in 1973.  To pursue his academic career further he enrolled himself in the M.Sc Botany Course in Patna University, but  as Shri Jai Prakash Narayan called on the young, zealous students from Bihar to make a change in society, he decided to participate in the movement and left College for a year.

In 1962, Shri Modi came in contact with Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)  and from then on he has been its active member till date. He completed 3 training camps of one month each in RSS. After completing Matriculation, he devoted a month as a Vistarak (Whole Time Worker) and worked in Danapur, Khagaul starting various RSS branches at different places. Subsequently,  he was made the Incharge of evening branches of RSS Patna Town.

Mr.  Modi was elected Cabinet Member of Patna University Students Union in the year 1971. He was elected General Secretary, Patna University Student’s Union in 1973  and Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav was the President of the Union.

In the year 1974 Mr Modi became a Member of Bihar Pradesh Chaatra(Student) Sangharsh Samiti which spearheaded the famous Bihar Student’s Movement of 1974 under the leadership of Janata party stalwarts like Karpuri Thakur, Satyendra Narayan Sinha, Raj Narain & Ram Manohar Lohia.

Mr Modi was arrested 5 times during JP Movement and in  the Emergency, he was kept in jail for 19 months.  He was finally released in February 1977 from jail and he was made the State Secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. From 1977 to 1986, he held different posts including that of State Organizing Secretary, Bihar, All India Secretary, Incharge of UP and Bihar and then the All India General Secretary of Vidyarthi Parishad which is the biggest Nationalist Student Organization of the Country.

Mr Modi married Shrimati Jessie George in the year 1987. She was from Mumbai and the marriage was an inter caste, inter religious marriage. The marriage was blessed by Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Shri Nana Deshmukh, Shri Karpoori Thakur and all the top leaders of ABVP, BJP, RSS and the local leaders from other political parties. It was during his marriage ceremony that Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee urged Mr Modi in front of the public that he had done enough work for the RSS and it was time he joined politics and served the people and society in a better way.

In the year 1990, he joined active politics and won from Patna Central Assembly and won the seat. In the year 1995 he won the election for a second time.  He was elected for the third consecutive time from Patna Constituency in 2000 securing a convincing win with 85,832 votes defeating the nearest candidate who could secure only 19,763 votes. He won by one of the highest margins in Bihar.

In 1990, he was made the Chief Whip of the BJP Bihar Legislature Party. Inl 1996 when he was chosen as the Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly and he continued holding the post till 2004 becoming the longest serving Opposition Leader.

Sushil fought the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 from the constituency of Bhagalpur and won.
In the historic election of 2004, the BJP-JD (U) combine won the elections and came to power  Even though Mr Modi did not contest the elections, he was elected the leader of Bihar BJP Legislature Party unanimously. Thus, Mr Modi who was a Member of Parliament from Bhagalpur resigned from the post to take over as the 3rd Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. He was given the all important Finance Portfolio along with a number of other portfolios. In June 2008, there was secret ballot in which the MLA’s of BJP Bihar had to vote for their leader and Mr Modi again won with a convincing majority and continued as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. In the elections of 2010, the BJP-JD (U) combine swept the elections winning 206 of the 243 seats in the State. It was under his able leadership and guidance that the BJP won 92 of the 102 seats it had fought with a strike rate of 90.1% which had not been registered by the BJP anywhere in the country.

In 2013, JD(U) has declared that they are out of alliance and BJP is now out of power in Bihar. Presently Sushil Modi in busy in campaign activity for the parliament elections that will take place in April - May 2014.

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