Vora, Shivpratap elected to Rajya Sabha

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Raipur, Mar 19 (UNI) Veteran Congress leader and AICC treasurer Motilal Vora and senior tribal BJP leader Shiv Pratap Singh were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha frm Chhattisgarh.

As the date for withdrawal of nomination papers came to a close, only Mr Vora and Mr Singh were left in the fray for two vacant seats of Upper house of parliament from Chhattisgarh.

Born in Nagaur District in Rajasthan 1928, Mr MotiLal Vora received his education in Raipur and Kolkata. He went for journalism and worked with several newspapers for many years but he rose on the political fermament in 1968.

Elected to Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in 1972, he was later appointed as Deputy Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Transport Corporation. He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in 1977 and 1980.

Mr Vora became a minister of State in Arjun Singh's Cabinet and given the charge of Higher Education Department and later became a cabinet minister in 1983.

Subsequently, he became president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. On March 13, 1985, he was appointed Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. However, he resigned from the post of Chief Minister on February 13, 1988 and assumed the office of Union Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Civil Aviation on the very next day.

Mr Vora was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1988.He became Governor of Uttar Pradesh on May 26, 1993 and held the office till May 3,1996.

Later, he lost the 1998 lok sabha election from Rajnandgaon constituency, now in Chhattisgarh. Later, the Congress party nominated him to the upper house in 2002 from Chhattisgarh.

Senior tribal leader Shiv Pratap Singh, elected to the Rajya Sabha , is a former minister during undivided Madhya Pradesh and a sitting legislator from Surajpur (ST) constituency.

Later, he became the president of the state unit of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. However, he was uncremoniously removed from the party post more than a year ago after he went public criticising the functioning of the Dr Raman Singh government.

Now, the BJP has nominated him for the Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

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