Motilal Vora, believed to be acceptable to Mayawati for the President's post, received his education in Raipur and Kolkata. He studied journalism and worked with several newspapers for many years. He rose to the political fermament in 1968 and was elected to the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in 1972.
He was appointed Deputy Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Transport Corporation and was elected to MP Vidhan Sabha in 1977 and 1980.
He remained a minister of state in Arjun Singh’s Cabinet and was given the charge of Higher Education Department. He was also elevated to the Cabinet Ministry in 1983 and appointed President of the MP Congress Committee.
On March 13, 1985, he was appointed chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He, however, resigned from this post on Feb 13, 1988 and assumed the office of Union Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Civil Aviation on Feb 14, 1988. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1988 and was appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh on May 26, 1993. He held that office till May 3, 1996.