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|‹ 1955 1961 ›|
|Indian general election, 1956|
|All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly|
|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's seat||Phulpur||Bombay City North||Bogra|
|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's seat||Gurdaspur||1st Ceylon European Seat||Bhagalpur Cum Purnea|
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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.