Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) on Sunday introduced its candidates from Bihar for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, however Sushil Kumar Modi’s identify was lacking from the checklist. He was as soon as the poster boy of the celebration and wielded appreciable affect over the BJP in Bihar for over three a long time.
“The one rehabilitation I see for him now’s if he’s made governor in future,” a senior BJP chief advised ThePrint on situation of anonymity after the central management eliminated former minister Bhim Singh and state BJP Mahila Morcha- President Dharamshila Gupta had introduced as Rajya Sabha nominees.
Chatting with ThePrint Sunday, Sushil Modi mentioned, “I want to thank the celebration for the boldness they’ve proven in me. For the previous 33 years, I’ve been a member of the Meeting, the State Legislative Council, Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. I’ve been appointed chief of the opposition, state celebration president and deputy chief minister thrice.”
He additionally congratulated the 2 BJP nominees and added that he would proceed to serve the celebration.
In keeping with celebration insiders, Sushil Modi now not matches into the sport plan of the “new BJP”, which dominates over its allies.
“Sushil has been main the celebration since 1996 when he turned the face of the BJP as chief of the opposition, however the impression among the many central leaders is that he’s too subservient to Nitish Kumar and in addition that he doesn’t enable backward caste leaders to enter the celebration seem whereas he was in cost. Different senior backward caste leaders like Nand Kishore Yadav and Prem Kumar needed to play second fiddle,” mentioned a senior BJP chief on situation of anonymity.
Sushil Modi was JD(U) chief and CM Nitish Kumar’s deputy for about 11 years and the 2 are identified to have a great rapport.
“The late Arun Jaitley was Sushil’s final mentor, across the time the Vajpayee-Advani period ended within the BJP. When Jaitley left, he was left with out mentors within the central celebration management,” the senior chief mentioned.
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Sushil Modi’s relationship with Nitish
If Nitish felt extra comfy with Sushil Kumar Modi, it’s as a result of they’ve historical past.
In 2005, when JD(U) and BJP had received the Meeting elections, BJP chief Murli Manohar declared Nitish Kumar as CM and Sushil Modi as his deputy. “The 2 are like a Ram-Lakshman jodi (couple) and can take Bihar into a brand new period of growth,” Joshi reportedly mentioned.
When Nitish broke ties with the BJP in 2022 to hitch the Mahagathbandhan, comprising the RJD, Congress and Left events, he made a public assertion stating that if Sushil had been the deputy CM, the state of affairs wouldn’t have arisen.
The present management of the BJP is in no temper to revive this previous friendship in state politics. In 2013, when Nitish had first severed ties with the BJP, there have been speculations that Sushil would possibly cross over and be a part of the JD(U), however the BJP chief had put apart the speculations by reportedly saying : “There must be little question about the place I shall be. I need the celebration flag above my physique once I die.”
‘Mukadme ji Modes’
As basic secretary of the Patna College college students’ union and later as state secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (the scholar wing of the RSS) within the Nineteen Seventies, he emerged as one of many central youth leaders of the JP motion. led by veteran socialist chief Jayaprakash Narayan.
He turned one of many fiercest critics of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav within the Nineteen Nineties. He served as Patna Central MLA thrice and rose to turn into Chief of the Opposition in 1996. From this platform he led a ruthless marketing campaign in opposition to Lalu, who on the time appeared invincible. Sushil Modi went after Lalu over the fodder rip-off he was concerned in. He was even a petitioner within the fodder rip-off case, which prompted a CBI probe that resulted in Lalu’s conviction.
He once more focused Lalu and his household over the alleged land-for-work rip-off and the IRCTC tender rip-off, each of that are at the moment underneath investigation by the CBI.
A pissed off Lalu as soon as advised him “mukadme baji Modi” (disputed Modi).
Now, as a substitute of nominating the distinguished chief, the BJP has nominated two comparatively unknown names.
Bhim Singh, who belongs to the Extraordinarily Backward Class (EBC), performed an important function as one of many authentic members of the Samata Celebration (co-founded by Nitish) in 1994. He then switched his allegiance to Lalu’s RJD and served as an MLC. Later, he rejoined Nitish Kumar’s camp and took up ministerial duties. Regardless of his nine-year tenure within the BJP, Singh has not acquired any main task.
The opposite nominee from the celebration, Dharamshila Gupta, has a background within the RSS.
(Edited by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri)
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