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Here’s why Sonia Gandhi named her long-time confidant, quintessential Congressman Motilal Vora in ED questioning

Ex-CM of Madhya Pradesh, Vora was one of the oldest members of the Congress who continued to act as a confidant and loyalist to Sonia Gandhi.

L to R: Sonia Gandhi with Motilal Vora

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, who is currently being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third day in the National Herald newspaper linked money laundering case, named party’s former treasurer late Motilal Vora saying the latter alone knew about the – acquisition of AJL and its assets worth ₹800 crore by Young Indian Private Limited – and details of the transactions between Congress, AJL and Young Indian.

Gandhi, during her questioning by the ED on Wednesday, expressed her inability to explain the transactions regarding the takeover of the assets of AJL, the publisher of National Herald and other publications by Young Indian Private Limited.

The ED probe relates to alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald newspaper.

How was Motilal Vora connected to the National Herald case?

Vora was chairman of AJL and later a Director in the Young Indian Private Limited (set up in 2010 with Rahul Gandhi as its Director), which was associated with the National Herald. While Sonia and Rahul together had 76% shares in the company, Vora owned the remaining 24% along with former Union Cabinet Minister late Oscar Fernandez.

Everything you need to know about Motilal Vora:

  • Vora was considered to be the last of Gandhians in Congress party who earned the trust of the Gandhi family
  • Vora witnessed the state and national politics for nearly five decades
  • Vora had reportedly co-signed the agreement declaring the AJL group’s National Herald newspaper’s closure in January 2008
  • Vora was also questioned by the ED in the National Herald case 
  • Veteran leaders were of the opinion that Vora was one such leader who would make it a point to sit in the AICC office everyday 
  • Fondly called as‘Babuji,’ Vora was the former Governor of Uttar Pradesh in the post-Babri Masjid demolition era
  • Vora was considered as a people’s man who was accessible to all
  • He was also the chairman of Associated Journals Limited and later a director in the Young Indian, associated with the National Herald
  • He was a six-term MLA of undivided Madhya Pradesh Assembly and had also served as the Rajya Sabha MP four times and as a Lok Sabha MP once. 
  • Vora was a socialist leader and was initially in the Samajwadi Party.
  • Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Vora was one of the oldest members of the Congress who continued to act as a confidant and loyalist to Sonia Gandhi. 
  • A quintessential Congressman, Vora was the All India Congress Committe (AICC) treasurer for 18 years – the longest among his fellow members.
  • Vora passed away on December 21, 2020  – just a day after celebrating his 93rd birthday – after battling COVID-19.

Also read: In Pics: Delhi Police detain Rahul Gandhi, Congress MPs in protest over Sonia’s ED grilling

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh

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Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh looks on while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination papers for party chief post

Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”

Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”

Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.

Also read: Lata Mangeshkar’s 93rd birthday anniversary: Life story of ‘nightingale’

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‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde

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Pankaja Munde (Photo by: Nitin Mankar/Nation Next)

BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”

Also read: After cops intensify security at Nagpur’s RSS amid reported PFI threats, Centre bans PFI

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