1955 India 1961
Indian general election, 1956
All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
January-February 1956
First party Second party Third party
Leader Jawaharlal Nehru Shripad Amrit Dange Mohammad Ali Bogra
Party [[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]] [[Communist Party|Template:Communist Party/meta/shortname]] [[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1947 1948 1953
Leader's seat Phulpur Bombay City North Bogra
Seats before 160 54 76
Seats won 224 53 51
Seat change +64 -1 -25
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Teja Singh Akarpuri Stuart Graves Jayaprakash Narayan
Party [[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]] Liberal Party [[Socialist Party|Template:Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1946 1951 1946
Leader's seat Gurdaspur 1st Ceylon European Seat Bhagalpur Cum Purnea
Seats before 50 46 23
Seats won 31 40 10
Seat change -19 -6 -13

Previous Prime Minister
Stuart Graves
Liberal Party

Prime Minister-elect
Jawaharlal Nehru
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

The 1956 Indian general election saw the INC win the first Parliamentary majority in the history of the Indian Federation.


The 1955 general election saw the formation of the first government which did not include the INC, however the coalition proved unstable and collapsed in early December, leading to fresh elections.


The elections were a landslide victory for the INC who won the first Parliamentary majority in federation history, whilst all the other major parties lost ground.

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