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|‹ 1971 1974 ›|
|Indian general election, 1973|
|All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly|
|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's seat||Rae Bareli||Bombay City North||1st Madras European Seat|
|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]]|
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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.