General Elections: BJP contests the elections forming a coalition called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It comprises its existing allies like the Samata Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena besides the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Biju Janata Dal. The NDA has a majority with outside support from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Shri Vajpayee returns as the Prime Minister. However, the coalition ruptures in May 1999 when the leader of AIADMK withdraws her support, and fresh elections are held again.
Pokhran-II: Surprising the world, India tests series of nuclear bombs in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
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