1984 Indian general election

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General elections were held in India in 1984 soon after the assassination of previous Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, though the vote in Assam and Punjab was delayed until 1985 due to ongoing fighting.

Quick facts: 541 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha 271 sea...
1984 Indian general election
 1980 24, 27 and 28 December 1984 1989 

541 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha
271 seats needed for a majority
Turnout64.01% (Increase2.svg7.09pp)
  First party Second party
  Rajiv_Gandhi_%281987%29.jpg NT_Rama_Rao.jpg
Leader Rajiv Gandhi N.T. Rama Rao
Leader's seat Amethi Did not contest
Seats won 414 30
Seat change Increase2.svg 61 New
Popular vote 120,107,044 10,132,859
Percentage 46.86% 3.95%
Swing Increase2.svg 4.17pp New


Prime Minister before election

Rajiv Gandhi

Prime Minister after election

Rajiv Gandhi


The elections were a landslide victory for the Indian National Congress of Rajiv Gandhi (son of Indira Gandhi), which won 404 of the 514 seats elected in 1984 and a further 10 in the delayed elections. The Telugu Desam Party of N. T. Rama Rao, a regional political party from the state of Andhra Pradesh, was the second largest party, winning 30 seats, thus achieving the distinction of becoming the first regional party to become a national opposition party. Voting was held immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in November and most of India supported Congress.

The 1984 elections were the last in which a single party won a majority of seats until 2014, and the only time to date in which a party won more than 400 seats.