May 1939 India 1945
Indian general election, November 1939
All 321 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
November-December 1939
First party Second party Third party
Leader Abul Kalam Azad Muhammad Ali Jinnah Tara Singh
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 since 1939 1935 1930
Leader's seat West Calcutta 1st Sind Muslim Seat 1st Punjab Sikh Seat
Seats before 98 53 35
Seats won 102 72 42
Seat change 4 +19 +7
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Madhav Shrihari Aney Percival Joseph Griffiths Subhas Chandra Bose
Party [[Congress Nationalist Party|Template:Congress Nationalist Party/meta/shortname]] [[Europeans Party|Template:Europeans Party/meta/shortname]] [[All India Forward Bloc|Template:All India Forward Bloc/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1934 1939 1939
Leader's seat Berar 3rd 1st Bihar European Seat Bengal 4th
Seats before 26 27 45
Seats won 34 29 18
Seat change +8 +2 -27

Previous Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Jawaharlal Nehru
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

The November 1939 Indian General election resulted in a second hung Parliament.


As a result of failed coalition negotiations snap elections had to be held in an attempt to prevent the political deadlock.


Whilst the elections produced a hung Parliament, the sense of urgency brought about by the outbreak of the Second World War enabled the formation of a government of National Unity by the 6 major parties in the Legislative Assembly.

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