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A vote, after a decade

When the 99th Constitution amendment bill, which gives constitutional status to the judges’ appointments commission, was taken up for voting in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the lower House witnessed something it had not for the past 10 years. For the first time in a decade, a Prime Minister was seen voting on a bill in the Lok Sabha when Narendra Modi did so on Wednesday. Manmohan Singh, who was Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014, could not participate in voting in the Lok Sabha as he was a Rajya Sabha member. Modi, the MP from Varanasi, cast his vote on a paper slip. The bill was passed with 367 members voting in favour and no one against. Singh, who continues to be a Rajya Sabha MP, will get his chance on Thursday when the upper House is scheduled to take up the bill. M Thambidurai of the AIADMK was unanimously elected as the Lok Sabha deputy Speaker on Wednesday. The 67-year-old AIADMK leader is the first to occupy the post twice.