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When were the first general elections held after independence in India?
1. 1947
2. 1948
3. 1951
4. 1956

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : 1951

The correct answer is 1951.

  • The first general elections held after independence in India were held from 25th October 1951 to 21st February 1952.
  • It was the largest election conducted at the time.
  • A total of 53 parties and 533 independent candidates contested the 489 seats in the election.
  • There were 17,32,00,000 voters excluding the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the general election of 1951.
  • Out of the 489 seats in the Lok Sabha 245 seats were needed for a majority.
  • Indian National Congress won 364 out of 489 seats and 45% of the total votes polled.
  • Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of India.
  • The elections in India are conducted by the independent constitutional body called the Election Commission of India.
  • Sukumar Sen was the First Chief Election Commissioner of India and the current Chief Election Commissioner of India is Sushil Chandra. (May 2021) 

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