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|Indian general election, 1996|
|All 465 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly|
|First party||Second party||Third party|
|Leader||Sonia Gandhi||H. D. Deve Gowda||Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II|
|Party||[[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]]||[[Praja Socialist Party|Template:Praja Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]||[[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]|
|Fourth party||Fifth party||Sixth party|
|Leader||Charles Stanford||Surjit Singh Barnala||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Party||Liberal Party||[[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]]||[[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||1st Bengal European Seat||Firozpur Rural||Lucknow|
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The 1996 Indian general election resulted in a victory for the INC which reentered government following 5 years in opposition.
Following the death of the incumbent Prime Minister Morarji Desai, his Praja Socialist descended into infighting with many of the parties more centrist elements splitting from the party to form the Progressive Party, damaging the credibility of the party and its new leader, H. D. Deve Gowda, as it entered the election campaign.
The election resulted in the INC reentering government as a minority government with support from Akali Dal whilst the Praja Socialist was ousted from power losing more than half its seats.