Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora dies at 93; Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi pay tributes

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Vora, a former chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh and also a former governor of Uttar Pradesh, had served as a Rajya Sabha member four times and as a Lok Sabha member once.

File image of Motilal Vora. ANI

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Motilal Vora died on Monday at a hospital in Delhi following post- COVID-19 complications, his family said. He was 93.

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

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.

Vora, a former chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh and also a former governor of Uttar Pradesh, had served as a Rajya Sabha member four times and as a Lok Sabha member once.

Several political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid their tributes to the departed leader.

Modi said he was saddened by the demise of the Congress veteran.

In his condolence message, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he was sad on hearing about Vora’s demise. The minister said he had worked closely with Vora when he was UP Governor.

“He was respected across parties as a gentle and experienced politician. I express my condolences to his family in this hour of grief,” Singh said in a tweet in Hindi.

Rahul Gandhi condoled Vora’s demise, saying he was a wonderful human being and a true Congressman.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said every Congress leader and worker is feeling personally pained over Vora’s death. “Vora ji was a symbol of loyalty, dedication and patience towards the ideology of Congress,” she said.

She also said Vora was present at every party meeting even at an advanced age of 92 and expressed his views openly on every issue. “Today, while bidding him goodbye I feel sad that an elder member of the family has left us. We will all miss him very much.”

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “A giant is no more. Sh Moti Lal Vora was the epitome of commitment, dedication and loyalty. He inspired an entire generation by his untiring attitude and capacity to brave every adversity. My heartfelt homage.

The Congress party also tweeted through its official handle, “We offer our heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of stalwart Congress leader, former Union Cabinet Minister and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Motilal Vora. Congress has lost a guiding light. May his soul rest in peace.”

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