National Events in April 1999
India's Insat-2E multipurpose telecommunications satellite is successfully launched from the Kourou space station in French Guyana.
Ms. Jayalalitha announces that she is withdrawing her Ministers from the Central Government following the rejection of her demands on the Bhagwat issue.
The Prime Minister forwards the AIADMK Ministers' letters of resignation to the President for acceptance.
The AIADMK announces its resignation from the the coordination committee of the BJP-led ruling coalition.
India successfully test-fires the extended range ``Agni-II'' missile, bridging a key gap in its minimum nuclear deterrent profile.
D. Sripada Rao, former Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, is shot dead by People's War Group naxalites near Annaram village in Karimnagar district.
The President advises the Prime Minister to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha.
The Prime Minister moves confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
The DMK and the Indian National Lok Dal decide to back the Government while the BSP decides to abstain.
The Vajpayee Government resigns after it loses the confidence vote in the Lok Sabha by one vote - 269 to 270.
The uncertainty over the fate of the budget ends with all political parties deciding to pass it without a discussion.
Allies block Congress bid to form the government.
The Lok Sabha passes the 1999-2000 general budget through voice vote but without a debate and without amendments.
The President dissolves Lok Sabha and orders fresh elections.
A model and T.V. personality, Ms. Jessica Lal is shot dead in a crowded south Delhi restaurant by a man who was allegedly refused a drink.