The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Sushil Modi as its candidate for the Bihar Rajya Sabha bypoll. The development comes days after he was denied a cabinet birth in the newly formed state government. The Rajya Sabha seat had fallen vacant after the demise of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on October 8.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Ram Vilas Paswan, whose party decided to go solo in the recently concluded Bihar elections. LJP, which was formed in 2000, failed to win even a single seat this time.
With the LJP deciding to opt-out of the Bihar NDA, the BJP decided to reclaim the seat which was offered to Paswan from its quota.
However, Modi’s election to the Rajya Sabha is all but certain considering the majority of BJP-led alliance in the Bihar Assembly. He was reportedly not happy with the party’s decision to replace him with new faces after the Bihar election results 2020.
At that time, Devendra Fadnavis – who was in-charge of the Bihar polls – had said at the time that the party has decided to give home ‘a new responsibility.’
Modi himself had said that he would be ready to bear whatever responsibility BJP will entrust him with. He was the deputy of Nitish Kumar in the previous government and is considered to have good coordination with him. He also held an important portfolio of Bihar finance minister in the last NDA government.
However, the party decided to have two new faces and picked Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi as his replacement. The move is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to infuse a new crop of leadership in Bihar.