1966 India 1973
Indian general election, 1971
All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
April-May 1971
First party Second party Third party
Leader Indira Gandhi Shripad Amrit Dange Kingston Martel
Party [[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]] [[Communist Party|Template:Communist Party/meta/shortname]] Liberal Party
Leader since 1966 1948 1957
Leader's seat Rae Bareli Bombay City North 1st Madras European Seat
Seats before 208 73 50
Seats won 162 77 61
Seat change -46 +4 +11
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Abdul Qayyum Khan Fateh Singh J. B. Kripalani
Party [[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]] [[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]] [[Praja Socialist Party|Template:Praja Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1970 1962 1968
Leader's seat Mardan-cum-Hazara Amritsar Amroha
Seats before 51 25 2
Seats won 55 35 19
Seat change +4 +10 +17

Previous Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Abdul Qayyum Khan
[[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]

The 1971 Indian general election saw the INC win a plurality but it was unable to form a government.


Following its victory in the 1966 general election the INC had governed as a majority for 5 years.


Whilst the INC won a plurality of seats it was shut out of government by a coalition of the Communist Party, Muslim League, Liberal Party and Akali Dal.

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