Bhubaneswar: Former Chief Minister of Odisha Giridhar Gamang has once again returned home. Gamang, who broke all his relations with Congress in 2015, once again joined the party on Wednesday after a gap of almost 8 years. Let us tell you that Girdhar Gamang is the same leader about whom it is said that with his one vote, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government fell in 1999. Along with Gamang, his wife, son and another prominent leader have joined the Congress. With the arrival of Gamang, Congress will hope to become strong again in Odisha.
Another powerful leader returned home along with Gamang
According to reports, 80-year-old Gamang rejoined the Congress in the presence of the party’s Odisha in-charge Ajoy Kumar at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday. Gamang’s wife and former Congress MP Hema Gamang, his son Shishir Gamang and former Bargarh MP Sanjay Bhoi also joined the party at the event. Gamang had joined BRS at the party headquarters in the presence of Telangana Bharat Rashtra Samithi president KC Rao, days after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party last year. Gamang had joined the saffron party in 2015 after breaking his 43-year-old relationship with the Congress.
Vajpayee’s government fell in 1999 due to Gamang’s vote.
Giridhar Gamang was elected to the Lok Sabha from Koraput constituency 9 times since 1972. During his long career he held several positions including Minister of Union Communications, Food Processing Industries, Mines etc. under several Congress governments. In April 1999, the Vajpayee-led NDA government lost a no-confidence motion by one vote and Gamang was held responsible for this. Gamang had voted on the resolution as a Congress member in the Lok Sabha even after becoming the Chief Minister of Odisha in February 1999.
Will Kamang be able to strengthen the hold of ‘Haath’ in Odisha?
While Congress might be hoping to strengthen its hold on grassroots politics in Odisha after Gamang’s induction, political pundits believe that he no longer has the same influence as before. Giridhar Gamang had faced defeat for the first time from Koraput Lok Sabha seat in 2009. He was defeated by Jairam Pangi of Biju Janata Dal.
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