Published: 17th April 2021
#ThrowBackToday: Loss of one vote caused by one woman and the government came tumbling down
In today's #TBT, we look back at the moment when the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu walked out of the NDA alliance after which, there was no government anymore. This is how it all transpired...
Just one vote, that's all it took for Atal Bihari Vajpayee's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to fall. And who's vote made the difference? It was AIADMK, under the leadership of late Jayalalitha Jayaram, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
It all started on April 17, 1999. The opposition party called for a no-confidence motion against the Vajpayee-led NDA when the now late Jayalalitha walked out and the government fell. This made Vajpayee the first prime minister to lose a no-confidence motion twice. The first time his government was when he had to quit 13 days after coming to power. And that's how one lady changed everything.
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