Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passes away at 93

Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passed away in Delhi on Monday, at the age of 93 due to post-COVID-19 complications in a Gurugram hospital.

Motilal Vora was admitted to the Escorts Hospital in Delhi a few days ago with a urinary infection. He also had a lung infection and was put on ventilator support

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He had been admitted at AIIMS in October after testing COVID-19 positive but was later discharged after recovering.

He completed 93 years only on Sunday. He will be cremated in Chhattisgarh where his body will be taken either later in the day or on Tuesday.

Born in 1927 in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, he became a journalist and worked with Navbharat Times as its correspondent in Bombay (now Mumbai), then served with Navbharat in Nagpur and Raipur and later with Nagpur Times in Nagpur.

Having held one of the most important organisational posts of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) treasurer for nearly two decades, Vora was appointed as the general secretary in-charge of administration in 2018.
A former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and a former governor of Uttar Pradesh, Vora, a Gandhi family loyalist, was known for his relations across the political spectrum.
He would often recall his “bumpy” car journey that led to greater familiarity with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee while on a tour from Lucknow to a remote village in the state during his term as the Uttar Pradesh governor from 1993-1996.

A two-term Madhya Pradesh chief minister – first from 1985 to 1988 and later in 1989, Vora also served as the union health minister in the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinet in 1988-89. He retired as a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh in April this year.

During his four terms in the Rajya Sabha, Vora was appreciated for his attendance and participation.
Congress leaders would often quote Vora’s tips for discretion which made him ideal for the AICC treasurer’s post. “No one should be able to find any piece of paper in your office when you leave for the day,” he once told a young Congress functionary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by his death 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 organizational experience in a political career that spanned decades. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and well-wishers. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was a true congressman and a wonderful human being. “Vora Ji was a true congressman and a wonderful human being. We will miss him very much. My love & condolences to his family and friends,” he tweeted.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Heartfelt condolences at the demise of senior Congress leader, Sh. Motilal Vora Ji. He was our senior-most leader, who spent his entire life serving the Congress Party as union minister, as Chief Minister of MP, as UP Governor, General Secretary & Treasurer of AICC.”