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1962 Lok Sabha elections: an easy win for Congress, but troubled tenure thereafter

The Congress faced a turbulent time as its leading... more

Jawaharlal Nehru voting in Allahabad in February 1962. Nehru led the Congress to victory in the 1962 elections with a thumping majority. Photos: Hindustan Times
1/14Jawaharlal Nehru voting in Allahabad in February 1962. Nehru led the Congress to victory in the 1962 elections with a thumping majority. Photos: Hindustan Times
Results of the Lok Sabha elections of 1962 are displayed at a board in Connaught Place in Delhi. The third Lok Sabha was formed on 2 April 1962.
2/14Results of the Lok Sabha elections of 1962 are displayed at a board in Connaught Place in Delhi. The third Lok Sabha was formed on 2 April 1962.
Bye-election in Kashmir in 1962. The 1962 elections took place in 18 Indian states and union territories and were conducted for 494 seats in 494 constituencies,
3/14Bye-election in Kashmir in 1962. The 1962 elections took place in 18 Indian states and union territories and were conducted for 494 seats in 494 constituencies,
People going to vote in Rajasthan in 1962. The 91 two-seat constituency were abolished during the 1962 general elections and there were only one-seat, constituencies. The multi-seat constituencies are discontinued since then.
4/14People going to vote in Rajasthan in 1962. The 91 two-seat constituency were abolished during the 1962 general elections and there were only one-seat, constituencies. The multi-seat constituencies are discontinued since then.
Christian voters going to vote in 1962. 1962 also saw the Indo-Sino war as India’s relations still remained cold with Pakistan.
5/14Christian voters going to vote in 1962. 1962 also saw the Indo-Sino war as India’s relations still remained cold with Pakistan.
Photo shows election symbols posted on cement pillars in 1962. Nehru in the wake of the criticism for government’s lack of attention to defence, sacked the then defence minister Krishna Menon.
6/14Photo shows election symbols posted on cement pillars in 1962. Nehru in the wake of the criticism for government’s lack of attention to defence, sacked the then defence minister Krishna Menon.
Voting in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh in 1962. Nehru died on 27 May 1964 of a heart attack. Gulzarilal Nanda succeeded Nehru at his death for a period of two weeks. After that Congress elected Lal Bahadur Shastri to serve as the prime minister.
7/14Voting in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh in 1962. Nehru died on 27 May 1964 of a heart attack. Gulzarilal Nanda succeeded Nehru at his death for a period of two weeks. After that Congress elected Lal Bahadur Shastri to serve as the prime minister.
People make their way to the polling booth in Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh in 1962. Following the death of Shastri, Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister on 24 January 1966.
8/14People make their way to the polling booth in Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh in 1962. Following the death of Shastri, Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister on 24 January 1966.
Voting in Sikkim in 1962. After two successful tenures, this term was fraught with many challenges for the Congress due to internal conflict within the party, even as the country was just recovering from the two wars and the economy was in shambles.
9/14Voting in Sikkim in 1962. After two successful tenures, this term was fraught with many challenges for the Congress due to internal conflict within the party, even as the country was just recovering from the two wars and the economy was in shambles.
Voting in Darjeeling in 1962. As the weak economy, the other major issues which rocked the Lok Sabha included the Mizo tribal uprisings, famine, labour unrest and poverty in the wake of rupee devaluation.
10/14Voting in Darjeeling in 1962. As the weak economy, the other major issues which rocked the Lok Sabha included the Mizo tribal uprisings, famine, labour unrest and poverty in the wake of rupee devaluation.
Voting in Churu in 1962. In 1962 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh won 14 out of 494 seats, and Communist Party of India won 29 seats.
11/14Voting in Churu in 1962. In 1962 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh won 14 out of 494 seats, and Communist Party of India won 29 seats.
An old lady voter being carried to the voting booth in February 1962. The Indian National Congress won 361 seats.
12/14An old lady voter being carried to the voting booth in February 1962. The Indian National Congress won 361 seats.
Voting in 1962 at an unspecified place.
13/14Voting in 1962 at an unspecified place.
Bags containing ballot boxes being opened for counting at Mandi in February 1962.
14/14Bags containing ballot boxes being opened for counting at Mandi in February 1962.
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