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Indian Elections: When One Vote Made All The Difference!

Imagine facing your first nightmare, that is exactly how it must have been for these individuals who lost because of a single vote! It’s surprising how none of them turned suicidal!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Never had a government lost a no-confidence motion in India until 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and lost his post due to a single vote. Nevertheless he came back as the Prime Minister in a few months with a new vigor.

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A. R. Krishnamurthy

He is the first person to loose elections in Karnataka by a margin of single vote. In 2004, he received 40,751 votes against his rival Dhruvanayan’s 40,752 votes. Imagine the reaction, because I surely cannot!

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C. P. Joshi

In 2008, the Rajasthan Assembly Elections saw an interesting incidence. C.P. Joshi was up for the seat against Kalyan Singh Chouhan and he lost by a margin of single vote. He got 62,215 and Chouhan got 62,216. This must have been a shock for Joshi as he was one of the Chief Minister candidates. The funny thing is his own mother, wife and driver had not voted. Life works in weird ways, right?

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Nirmal Kaur

In Mohali last year, Nirmal Kaur lost to Kulwinder Kaur Rangi by a single vote. The 2015 ward election, Rangi received 483 votes while Nirmal received 482 votes. Pretty disappointing!

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Never think that your one vote won’t make a difference, never undermine the power of people!

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