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|Indian general election, 1979|
|All 465 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly|
|First party||Second party||Third party|
|Leader||Indira Gandhi||Abdul Qayyum Khan||Harcharan Singh Longowal|
|Party||[[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]]||[[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]||[[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||Rae Bareli||Mardan-cum-Hazara||Faridkot|
|Fourth party||Fifth party||Sixth party|
|Leader||Chandra Rajeswara Rao||Charles Stanford||J. B. Kripalani|
|Party||[[Communist Party|Template:Communist Party/meta/shortname]]||Liberal Party||[[Praja Socialist Party|Template:Praja Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||Hyderabad City East||1st Bengal European Seat||Amroha|
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The 1979 Indian general election saw the INC form a minority government.
Following the 1974 general election the INC had launched a boundary review to continue the process which had brought about the fall of the previous 4 party coalition government, this proved to be highly contentious with the new boundaries greatly increasing Hindu representation at the expense of European and other minority groups, leading to outrage within these groups.
The INC lost its majority but was able to remain in power as a minority government receiving outside support from the left wing parties in the Legislatve Assembly. The election also saw the division of seats amongst religious lines return, with the Muslim League winning almost every Muslim seat whilst Akali Dal won every Sikh seat. The election saw a catastrophic defeat for the Liberal whose defense of the European minority rights to greater representation saw it alienate many non-European votes, so whilst it may have again held all the European seats, the Liberals lost many of their other seats, more than halving their representation.