Motilal Vora
Motilal Vora in 1989
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
26 May 1993 – 3 May 1996
PresidentShankar Dayal Sharma
Preceded byB. Satya Narayan Reddy
Succeeded byMohammad Shafi Qureshi
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
14 February 1988 – 24 January 1989
Prime MinisterRajiv Gandhi
Preceded byPamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao
Succeeded byRam Niwas Mirdha
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
14 February 1988 – 25 June 1988
Prime MinisterRajiv Gandhi
Preceded byJagdish Tytler
Succeeded byShivraj Patil
13th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
In office
25 January 1989 – 8 December 1989
Preceded byArjun Singh
Succeeded byShyama Charan Shukla
In office
13 March 1985[1] – 13 February 1988[2]
Preceded byArjun Singh
Succeeded byArjun Singh
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 2002 – 9 April 2020
Succeeded byPhulo Devi Netam
In office
3 April 1988 – 8 March 1989
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1998 (1998)–1999 (1999)
Preceded byAshok Sharma
Succeeded byRaman Singh
Member of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
1972 (1972)–1988 (1988)
Preceded byR Jha
Succeeded byHimself
In office
1989 (1989)–1992 (1992)
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byArun Vora
Personal details
Born(1928-12-20)20 December 1928
Nimbi Jodhan, Jodhpur State, British India (present-day Nagaur District, Rajasthan, India)
Died21 December 2020(2020-12-21) (aged 92)[3]
New Delhi, India
Cause of deathCOVID infection[4]
SpouseShanti Devi Vora
ChildrenFour daughters, two sons
Residence(s)Mohan Nagar, Durg, Chhattisgarh
ProfessionJournalist, politician and social worker

Motilal Vora (20 December 1928 – 21 December 2020) was an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress (INC).

He served as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (1985–1988; 1989). He was born in Nimbi Jodha, Jodhpur State, British India. He was also Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 1993 to 1996.

Early life

Vora was born on 20 December 1928 at Nimbi Jodha in Jodhpur State of British India's Rajputana Agency (present-day Nagaur district, Rajasthan) to a Pushkarna Brahmin family. His parents were Mohanlal Vora and Amba Bai.[5] His forefathers came from Nimbi Jodha, and prior to that from Phalodi. He received his education at Raipur and Kolkata. He had also worked with several newspapers for many years. He married Shanti Devi Vora. The couple have four daughters and two sons. His son Arun Vora is an MLA from Durg (CG), having won three elections as MLA.[5] His brother Govindlal Vora was Veteran Journalist and Chief Editor of Amrit Sandesh.[6] His nephew Rajeev Vora is Secretary of Pragati College of Engineering and Management, Raipur.[7][4]

State politics

In 1968, Vora, then, a member of Samajwadi party, became a member of the Municipal Committee of Durg (then part of Madhya Pradesh).[5] In 1970 (approximately), he, with the help of Prabhat Tiwari, was introduced to Pt. Kishorilal Shukla of INC and joined INC. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) of Madhya Pradesh in 1972 on an INC ticket. He was elected to Vidhan Sabha again in 1977 and 1980. He was appointed a minister of State in Arjun Singh's Cabinet, and was in-charge of the Higher Education Department. He was elevated to the Cabinet Minister in 1983. He also served as the Deputy Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation during 1981–84.[5]

On 13 March 1985, Vora was appointed Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He resigned from the post of Chief Minister on 13 February 1988, to join the Union Government.[citation needed]

National politics

On 14 February 1988, Vora became a member of the Rajya Sabha, and assumed the office of Union Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Civil Aviation. He was a cabinet minister in Government of India. He was appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 16 May 1993 and held office until 3 May 1996. Motilal Vora was in 1998–99 Member of the 12th Lok Sabha.[5]

Role in the Indian National Congress

Vora was very close to High Command of INC, and has supported nomination of Rahul Gandhi as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate. In the 1980s, he served as the President of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, the party's state unit.

Vora held important positions in all the three entities involved in the National Herald Case: the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the Young Indian and the All India Congress Committee (AICC). He became the chairman and managing director of AJL on 22 March 2002. He served as the AICC treasurer before that. He was a 12% shareholder and a Director of Young Indian.[8]


Vora died from complications from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in India, one day after his 92nd birthday.[9]


  1. ^ "M.P. chief minister sworn in with Ram Kishore Shukla and others". Government Of Madhya Pradesh, India. 13 March 1985. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ "M.P. chief minister resigns with Ram Kishore Shukla and other ministers". Government Of Madhya Pradesh, India. 14 February 1988. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passes away at 93". The Times of India. 21 December 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passes away at new Delhi". Hindustan Times. 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Rajya Sabha profile
  6. ^ "Veteran Chhattisgarh journalist Govind Lal Vora dies". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Pragati College". Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  8. ^ Sandeep Singh (10 December 2015). "Deals at National Herald: Who got what, when, how". Indian Express.
  9. ^ Congress veteran Motilal Vora dies at 93 of post-Covid complications
Lok Sabha Preceded byAshok Sharma Member of Parliamentfor Rajnandgaon 1998–1999 Succeeded byRaman Singh Political offices Preceded byArjun Singh Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh 1985–1988 Succeeded byArjun Singh Preceded byArjun Singh Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh 25 January 1989 – 9 December 1989 Succeeded byShyama Charan Shukla Preceded byP. V. Narasimha Rao Minister of Health and Family Welfare 14 February 1988 – 24 January 1989 Succeeded byRam Niwas Mirdha Preceded byJagdish Tytler Minister of Civil Aviation 14 February 1988 – 25 June 1988 Succeeded byShivraj PatilMinister of State(Independent Charge) Preceded byB. Satya Narayan Reddy Governor of Uttar Pradesh 26 May 1993 – 3 May 1996 Succeeded byMohammad Shafi Qureshi