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|‹ May 1939 1948 ›|
|Indian general election, 1945|
|All 321 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly|
|First party||Second party||Third party|
|Leader||Abul Kalam Azad||Muhammad Ali Jinnah||Tara Singh|
|Party||[[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]]||[[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]||[[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||West Calcutta||1st Sind Muslim Seat||1st Punjab Sikh Seat|
|Fourth party||Fifth party||Sixth party|
|Leader||Percival Joseph Griffiths||N.E. Balaram||Madhav Shrihari Aney|
|Party||[[Europeans Party|Template:Europeans Party/meta/shortname]]||[[Communist Party|Template:Communist Party/meta/shortname]]||[[Congress Nationalist Party|Template:Congress Nationalist Party/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||1st Bihar European Seat||Kerala 5th||Berar 3rd|
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The 1945 Indian General election was the first held after the Second World War and resulted in another hung Parliament.
Throughout the Second World War India had been governed by a government of National Unity, however as the war came to a close the government fell apart and the Parliament, whose term had been extedn just six months earlier in November, was dissolved in May 1945.
The election resulted in a hung Parliament in which the various divisions in Indian society were represented greatly, with the Muslim League winning all but one Muslim Seat, the European's Party achieving the same in European Seats, Akali Dal winning every single Sikh seat whilst the Indian National Congress won a large majority of the Hindu seats. This fragmented nature of Parliament made coalition negotiations highly complex and whilst a tentative Congress- Muslim League coalition was eventually formed it ultimately fell apart in 1948, prompting early elections.