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Ex-Odisha CM and senior Congress leader Giridhar Gamang resigns from the party; may join BJP
Ex-Odisha chief minister, Giridhar Gamang has resigned from the Congress party's preliminary membership on last Saturday. He sent his resignation letter to the party president, Sonia Gandhi. Gamang, who served the party for more than 43 years, was alleging continuous humiliation after the trust vote against Vajpayee Government in 1999.

In the vote of confidence motion against the Vajpayee Government on April 17, 1999 Gamang had been asked by the Congress high command to vote against the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government which he did so, Gamang told media at Bhubaneswar.

"Vajpayee had lost the confidence motion by a single vote after 13 days of formation of the NDA Government. Since 1999, I have been humiliated in public for bringing down Vajpayee Government by a single vote of mine. Neither my party nor my leader have come out with the truth to protect me from public criticism. I feel my loyalty to the party has turned into a liability for the party," the tribal leader said in his resignation letter.

He faxed the resignation letter to the party president Sonia Gandhi. Gamang was getting elected from the Koraput parliamentary constituency since 1972. He won from the constituency nine times in a row. But he lost elections consecutively in 2009 and 2014 polls.

Giridhar Gamang served as Cheif Minister of Odisha from 17th February, 1999 to 6th December, 1999. He was also the central minister under Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao's governments.

Gamang also confirmed that "I have resigned from Congress, not to re-join the Congress or to join any other political party but if any party invites me I may consider."

Political trends in Odisha indicate that Gamang may join BJP. Whatever the case may be it is a big blow to the Congress party and equally to Gamang's personal political career too.

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