New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Motilal Vora passed away at the age of 93 on Monday. He was admitted to Fortis Hospital in News Delhi due to urine infection, reported news agency ANI.

Vora, who celebrated his 93rd birthday on Sunday, had tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus in October this year but later recovered from the disease.

The veteran Congress leader, who was a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh till April this year, had recently mourned the death of his closest friend in the Congress -- Ahmed Patel.

"The news of the demise of senior Congress leader, Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Ahmed Patel, is very sad. This is an irreparable damage to the country, to the entire Congress family and to me personally. May God give peace to the departed soul and the strength to his family to bear the loss," he had said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Following his death, several Congress leader and politicians paid tributes to Vora and said that the party will always miss him, offering their heartfelt condolences to the departed soul. "Vora ji was a true congressman and a wonderful human being. We will miss him very much. My love and condolences to his family and friends," tweeted former party President Rahul Gandhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Vora and said, "was among the senior-most Congress leaders, who had vast administrative and organisational experience in a political career that spanned decades. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and well-wishers".

Assam Congress President Ripun Bora also paid tribute to Vora and said that he is pained to hear about his death. May God give strength to his friends and family members to bear the loss, he said.

"Heartfelt condolences at the demise of senior Congress leader, Sh. Motilal Vora ji. He was our senior most leader, who spent his entire life serving the Congress Party as union minister, as Chief Minister of MP, as UP Governor, General Secretary and Treasurer of AICC," said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Vora, who served as the 13th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, was known for his closeness to the Gandhis. He was one of the first leaders in the Congress who had supported nomination of Rahul Gandhi as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate.

The Congress veteran was also a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh till April this year. He had also served as the AICC general secretary (administration) before the recent party reshuffle by interim party President Sonia Gandhi.

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