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    Balm for Nitish as BJP selects Sushil Modi for Rajya Sabha on Paswan seat

    PATNA/NEW DELHI: BJP on Friday named former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi as its candidate for the by-election to a Rajya Sabha seat in the state in what marked a quick rehabilitation of the party’s best-known face in Bihar who, in a surprise decision, was not retained as deputy CM in the new NDA government.

    Modi’s nomination against a vacancy caused by the death of LJP leader Ramvilas Paswan should also soothe BJP’s coalition partner in Bihar, JD(U), which is angry with the recently deceased cabinet minister’s son Chirag Paswan for damaging the party in the assembly elections. LJP had staked claim to the seat held by its late leader.

    Modi’s arrival in the upper House will give a fillip to the buzz about long-speculated restructuring of the Union cabinet. He has a reputation for efficiency and is considered to be sensitive to the party’s political interests.

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