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Thursday, 13 May 2021 12.14 AM IST

Congress leader Moti Lal Vora passes away at 93; party mourns the loss of another veteran

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NEW DELHI: In yet another blow to Indian polity, Congress veteran Moti Lal Vora passed away at Delhi's Fortis Escort Hospital on Monday. His demise comes a day after celebrating his 93rd birthday. His death comes at the heels of the demise of Congress veterans - Ahmed Patel, Tarun Gogoi, Pranab Mukherjee, H Vasantakumar etc.

The 93-year-old ex- Madhya Pradesh CM had recently, taken over the reins of the Congress party after Rahul Gandhi had resigned from the post of party chief after its dismal performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Vora who was the current Rajya Sabha MP for Chhatisgarh has been in active politics since 1972 and has held a plethora of political posts, being a Congress loyalist and trusted aide of the Gandhi family.

After being elected into the Rajya Sabha, Motilal Vora was made the Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 1989 - Nov 1989), Governor of Uttar Pradesh (1998-99)before being elected to the Lok Sabha in 2002 and then elevated to the Rajya Sabha from 2002-2004. He was also a part of the committees on Home Affairs, Energy, Panchayati Raj, Youth affairs and sports and central co-ordination committee before being re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2008. In his second stint in the upper parliamentary house, he has been a member of committees on railways, energy, subordinate legislation, health and family welfare, AIIMS, salaries and Delhi Development Authority from 2009 onwards.

Apart from being the party's current General secretary for administration, he was also the former Congress treasurer (2000-2018) and is the Managing director of the unlisted public company, Associated Journals Limited (AJL) which publishes the National Herald, before the company had incurred losses and its holdings were transferred to Young India in 2011. He was then made a Director in Young Indian.

Vora who was a journalist by profession along with being a social and political worker has previously been a part of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1972-92). During his tenure in the state Assembly, he held the positions of Vice-Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (1972-75), MP state cabinet minister (1981-84), MP Chief Minister (1985-88) before being elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state. He was re-elected as MP Chief Minister during 1993-1996.

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