The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) in a press conference held at Congress Bhavan, Imphal on Tuesday expressed deep sorrow on the demise of veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora, former Union Minister of India.
The Congress Legislative Party Leader Okram Ibobi Singh stated, ‘We have lost one such dignified and honourable leader who had always shown genuine concerns for North-East states specially Manipur. In an unfortunate incident when the Party office was burnt in an irreparable manner following the June Uprising of 2001, Voraji handed over an aid of rupees 17 lakh at that time on approval of Sonia Gandhiji to Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC). This is the way how the foundation of the Party office came about. So, his contributions and dedication for the Party will forever be remembered. May God give strength to his grieving family and may his soul rest in peace.”
The condolence meeting was also attended by CWC member Gaikhangam, office bearers, Chiefs of Frontal Organisations and other working members of the MPCC. Motilal Vora was born on December 20, 1928 at Nimbi Jodha in Jodhpur, State of British India, now Nagaur district in Rajasthan. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh in 1972, 1977 and 1980 on Congress ticket. He was a Minister of State and also a Cabinet Minister of Madhya Pradesh. On 13th March, 1985 he was appointed as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He resigned from the post of Chief Minister on 13th February, 1988 to join the Union Government.
On 14th February, 1988 he became a member of Rajya Sabha and assumed the office of Union Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Civil Association. He was the Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 1993 to 1996. Motilal Vora was very close to High Command of Indian National Congress and supported nomination of Rahul Gandhi as the Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate. He died on 21st December, 2020 at the age of 92.
A two-minute silence was observed to show due respect in this hour of bereavement.