Bookmarks: Parliament Elections and Political Parties, 1999
Indian Parliament House

The general elections to the Indian Parliament is the biggest democratic exercise in the world, with an electorate of  about 620 million.  As many as 4648 candidates contested the elections in 538 of the 543 constituencies where polling could be held. (Polling was postponed in five constituencies).  About 58 per cent of the voters turned up to vote at more than 773700 polling stations set up across the country.


Political Parties 

Official sites

Data/Analysis Comment


National Parties
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Indian National Congress 

Regional Units
BJP Goa Unit
Congress Madhya Pradesh

Regional Parties
Ajeya Bharat Party
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
Dravida Munneta Kazhagam
Samajwadi Party
Shiv Sena
Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar)
Telugu Desam

Registered Parties

Election Commission of India
Press Information Bureau
Official Site I
Official Site II
India Map -Elections
India Votes
India decides
India Info
India for You
Coimbatore Net
Election India 99
Election Carnival
Election Guide (IFES)
Election Notes (Klipsan)
The Hindu Daily
Indian Express Poll Watch
The Times of India
Christian Science Monitor
New York Times
Rediff on the Net
Analysis by A. Varshney
BJP Government Watch
Comments by Arun Nehru
Elections and the Enviornment
A. B. Vajpayee
Sonia Gandhi
Sharad Pawar
Gopinath Munde
Sahib Singh (BJP)
List of Recognised Political Parties Party Position in the dissolved Parliament State wise break up of Seats

The Polling Schedule


Total Number of seats: 543    (Polling held in 538)
Phase Date States and Union Territories  Seats
I September 5 Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Delhi and Pondicherry. 146
II September 11 Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. 123
III September 18 Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh 79
IV September 25 Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Meghalya. 74
V October 3 Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Manipur, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Lakshadweep. 121