1956 India 1964
Indian general election, 1961
All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
February-March 1961
First party Second party Third party
Leader Jawaharlal Nehru Shripad Amrit Dange Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
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 Bahawalpur
Seats before 224 53 51
Seats won 201 62 53
Seat change -23 +9 +2
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Kingston Martel Teja Singh Akarpuri Basawon Singh
Party Liberal Party [[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]] [[Praja Socialist Party|Template:Praja Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1957 1946 1958
Leader's seat 1st Madras European Seat Gurdaspur Hajipur
Seats before 40 31 10 (Socialist Party)
Seats won 49 32 12
Seat change +9 +1 +2

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

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

The 1961 Indian general election saw the INC lose its Parliamentary majority but remain in government leading a coalition with the Praja Socialist Party.


In the previous election the INC had won a Parliamentary majority and had governed as a single Party. A significant change on the Political scene was the replacement of the Socialist Party with the Praja Socialist Party.


Whilst the INC lost its majority in Parliament as the opposition parties made gains, the INC was able to continue in government through a coalition with the Praja Socialist Party.

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