Veteran Indian National Congress (INC) leader Motilal Vora passed away on Monday at the age of 93.
Vora was admitted to the Escorts Hospital in Okhla here a few days ago with a urinary infection. He had a lung infection too. He was put on ventilator support, his family said.
Vora will be cremated in Chhattisgarh where his body will be taken either later in the day or on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is saddened by Vora’s demise and remembered him as a leader with vast administrative and organisational experience.
“Shri Motilal Vora Ji was among the senior-most Congress leaders, who had vast administrative and organisational experience in a political career that spanned decades. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and well-wishers. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.
Condoling the veteran leader’s death, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Vora was a true Congressman and a wonderful human being.
In 1968, Motilal Vora, then, a member of the Samajwadi Party, had become a member of the Municipal Committee of Durg (then part of Madhya Pradesh). In the 1970s, he, with the help of Prabhat Tiwari, was introduced to Kishorilal Shukla of the INC.
Vora was elected to the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) of Madhya Pradesh in 1972 on an INC ticket. He was elected to Vidhan Sabha again in 1977 and 1980. He was appointed as a minister of State in Arjun Singh’s cabinet and was in charge of the Higher Education Department. He was elevated to the Cabinet Minister in 1983. He served also as the Deputy Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation during 1981-84.
On 13 March 1985, Vora was appointed Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He resigned from the post of Chief Minister on 13 February 1988, to join the Union Government.
A former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Motilal Vora was also a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh till April this year. In the 1980s, he served as the President of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, the party’s state unit.
On 14 February 1988, Vora had become a member of the Rajya Sabha. He assumed the office of the union minister of health, family welfare and civil aviation. He was a cabinet minister in the union government.
He was appointed as governor of Uttar Pradesh on 16 May 1993, an office he held till 3 May 1996. Motilal Vora was in 1998–99 Member of the 12th Lok Sabha.
He was also the AICC general secretary (administration) before the recent party reshuffle by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Motilal Vora was very close to the high command of the INC. He supported the nomination of Rahul Gandhi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
Less than a month after Ahmed Patel, another close associate of Sonia Gandhi, died, the death of Vora closes an era of the oldest party of the country, representing a generation, very few of whose representatives remain.
Motilal Vora was so trusted by the Dynasty that he held important positions in all the three entities involved in the high-profile National Herald scandal: the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the Young Indian and the All India Congress Committee (AICC). He became the chairman and managing director of AJL on 22 March 2002.
Vora served also as the AICC treasurer since a time before that. In addition, he was a 12% shareholder and a director of Young Indian.