Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 21
Congress veteran Motilal Vora, a longtime confidant of party chief Sonia Gandhi, passed away today, a day after his 93rd birthday.
Discharged from AIIMS-New Delhi following Covid treatment a month ago, he was admitted to Fortis Escorts here for treatment for urine infection.
Vora led an active political life spanning five decades, his first stint being as an MLA in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly in 1972. He was a six-term MLA until 1990 — a duration that included his stint as state Chief Minister between 1985 and 1988 and again from January to December 1989.
A longtime AICC treasurer and part of the controversial Young India-National Herald enterprise that led to a court case, Vora entered Parliament for the first time in 1988 as a Rajya Sabha member. This was a brief stint and he resigned in 1989. He re-entered the Rajya Sabha on April 4, 2002, and served as a member for three terms until April 9, 2020.
Apart from his parliamentary career, Vora, fondly called “Babu ji”, had a remarkable career in the Congress organisation serving as a key member in Sonia Gandhi’s inner circle.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Vora was a true Congress leader with a lot of administrative and political experience.