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1977 Lok Sabha elections: After the nightmare of Emergency, democracy finds it voice again

The Congress lost the Lok Sabha elections for the ... more

Central office of the Janata Party at 7, Jantar Mantar road, New Delhi in 1977. 1977 was the year when the ruling Congress lost the Lok Sabha elections for the first time in independent India. Photos: Hindustan Times
1/15Central office of the Janata Party at 7, Jantar Mantar road, New Delhi in 1977. 1977 was the year when the ruling Congress lost the Lok Sabha elections for the first time in independent India. Photos: Hindustan Times
Indira Gandhi with her supporters in March 1977. The Congress lost nearly 200 seats in the elections. Prime minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi both lost their seats.
2/15Indira Gandhi with her supporters in March 1977. The Congress lost nearly 200 seats in the elections. Prime minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi both lost their seats.
Jaiprakash Narayan addressing an election rally in 1977. Janata alliance of parties opposed to the ruling Congress party, won 298 out of 545 seats.
3/15Jaiprakash Narayan addressing an election rally in 1977. Janata alliance of parties opposed to the ruling Congress party, won 298 out of 545 seats.
Election posters of the 1977 elections. The newly formed government chose Morarji Desai as its leader, making him India’s first non-Congress Prime Minister on 24 March.
4/15Election posters of the 1977 elections. The newly formed government chose Morarji Desai as its leader, making him India’s first non-Congress Prime Minister on 24 March.
Election posters of the 1977 elections. The election results were a firm reply to the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975 with the opposition parties winning on the plank of restoring democracy.
5/15Election posters of the 1977 elections. The election results were a firm reply to the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975 with the opposition parties winning on the plank of restoring democracy.
Indira Gandhi addressing an election rally in Rae Bareli in 1977. This sixth general elections were conducted for 542 seats from 542 constituencies and  covered 27 Indian states and union territories.
6/15Indira Gandhi addressing an election rally in Rae Bareli in 1977. This sixth general elections were conducted for 542 seats from 542 constituencies and covered 27 Indian states and union territories.
A scene from the 1977 elections. The Janata alliance comprised four Opposition parties, the Congress Organisation, the Jan Sangh, the Bharatiya Lok Dal and the Socialist Party.
7/15A scene from the 1977 elections. The Janata alliance comprised four Opposition parties, the Congress Organisation, the Jan Sangh, the Bharatiya Lok Dal and the Socialist Party.
Elections in 1977 in Bombay. While the Janata alliance pressed for issues like excesses and human rights violations during the Emergency, the Congress, on the other hand spoke about the need for a strong government.
8/15Elections in 1977 in Bombay. While the Janata alliance pressed for issues like excesses and human rights violations during the Emergency, the Congress, on the other hand spoke about the need for a strong government.
Election campaign in Jammu & Kashmir in 1977.
9/15Election campaign in Jammu & Kashmir in 1977.
Election campaign in March 1977. The Indian National Congress (Indira) INC(I) won 154 out of 545 seats, while the Bharatiya Lok Dal/Janata Party won 295 seats in the 1971 elections.
10/15Election campaign in March 1977. The Indian National Congress (Indira) INC(I) won 154 out of 545 seats, while the Bharatiya Lok Dal/Janata Party won 295 seats in the 1971 elections.
Communication network set up at Patna to announce election results in March 1977
11/15Communication network set up at Patna to announce election results in March 1977
A young woman casting her vote in March 1977.
12/15A young woman casting her vote in March 1977.
A young villager in Bastar casting his vote in 1977.
13/15A young villager in Bastar casting his vote in 1977.
People queue up to vote in March 1977.
14/15People queue up to vote in March 1977.
Crowds cheer George Fernandes at Raj Ghat in 1977.
15/15Crowds cheer George Fernandes at Raj Ghat in 1977.
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