1971 India 1974
Indian general election, 1973
All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
August-September 1973
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 162 77 61
Seats won 178 71 59
Seat change +16 -6 -2
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Abdul Qayyum Khan Harcharan Singh Longowal 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 1971 1968
Leader's seat Mardan-cum-Hazara Faridkot Amroha
Seats before 55 35 19
Seats won 54 32 15
Seat change -1 -3 -4

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

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

The 1973 Indian general election saw the INC make gains but not enough to form a stable government leading to snap elections early the following year.


Following the 1971 election India had been governed by a four party coalition of the Muslim League, Communist Party, Liberal Party and Akali Dal; however, this coalition fell apart in the summer of 1973 over the issue of boundary changes leading to snap elections.


Whilst the INC gained seats it was unable to form a stable government forcing the need for a second round of early election at the beginning of the following year.

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