Defying SP whip, Atiq Ahmad had voted against UPA govt in 2008 trust vote

Updated: Apr 17 2023 9:38PM

New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) As the Manmohan Singh government battled for survival in 2008 over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, the then Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmad defied his party whip and voted against the confidence motion which the ruling UPA coalition had eventually won, according to Lok Sabha records.

On Sunday, a PTI report quoted from a book -- "Baahubalis of Indian Politics: From Bullet to Ballot" -- which claimed that Ahmad "dutifully cast his precious vote, no doubt in favour of the beleaguered UPA".

The claim, however, is erroneous, according to the Parliament records.