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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

25 - October - 1951    First General Election of India begins

  • The Indian general election of 1951–52, held from 25 October 1951 to 21 February 1952, was the first election to the Lok Sabha since India became independent in August 1947.
  • It was conducted under the provisions of the Indian Constitution, which was adopted on 26 November 1949. Elections to most of the state legislatures took place simultaneously.
  • After the adoption of the constitution on 26 November 1949, the Constituent Assembly continued to act as the interim parliament.
  • The interim cabinet was headed by Jawaharlal Nehru and consisted of 15 members from diverse communities and parties.
  • The speaker of the first Lok Sabha was Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar. The first Lok Sabha also witnessed 677 sittings (3,784 hours), the highest recorded count of the number of sitting hours.
  • The Lok Sabha lasted its full term from 17 April 1952 until 4 April 1957.

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