With the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President on Wednesday, the party has likely chosen 90-year old Motilal Vora as the Congress interim-president. Vora who is 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.
Vora who is 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 has 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.
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 has since then been made a Director in Young Indian.
Apart from these posts, Vora has been Correspondent in Navbharat Times (Bombay, Nagpur, Raipur)and Nagpur Times. He is married to Shanti Devi Vora, has four daughters and two sons and holds the qualification of Inter/ Higher Secondary passed.