Nostalgia: Vajpayee govt had lost Confidence Vote by just 1 vote

National | March 20, 2018, 1:13 p.m.

New Delhi, March 20: The no-confidence motion is in news for obvious reasons as the pitch reaches the optimum level with the YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party all geared up for a no-confidence motion against the Modi government; the first for this 4-year-old government. What is making the event further more dramatic is the stand being taken by various political parties.
But one no confidence motion which is perhaps the most unique or one of its kind, is the no confidence motion against the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999.
In the history of Indian democracy no government before had lost its majority by one vote. Yes, the Vajpayee government lost just for one vote only to return to power a few months later.
The events unfurled in a very interesting manner when BSP promised PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee its support. The morning was tense and the government crisis managers trawled the aisles. The eyes were bouncing from one end to the other. 
It was BSP leader Mayawati's turn to speak an without any pretension she announced that she would be opposing th government. BSP MPs Arif Khan and Akbar Ahmed applauded and the numbers began to go against the government.

And the final nail in the coffin of th government was hammered by Saifuddin Soz who defied his party, the National Conference, to vote against the government and Orissa chief minister Giridhar Gamang also pressing the no button. 

Despite having been CM for a couple of months, Gamang was yet to resign from the Lok Sabha and used his dubious privilege to vote against the Vajpayee government.
Gamang has been somewhat shy to take credit for his act but Soz has shown no such inhibition. Soz was convinced and happy that he had brought down a "communal" government.


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