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Did you know what happened 65 years back on 10th February?

Friday - February 10, 2017 5:04 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Over 100 million people went to the polling booths to cast their vote
Over 100 million people went to the polling booths to cast their vote
India passed first test of democracy on 10th February 1952

The Congress Party of India, led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, had won an outright victory in the country's first general election. The victory had earned Pandit Nehru a further five-year term in office. He had led the interim government since 1947, when power passed from British to Indian hands.

The elections were widely seen as a test for India's ability to succeed as a democracy following independence from The British government. They were the first to be held under the new constitution, drawn up with the British parliamentary system as a model. There were fears that extremist groups would use the opportunity to whip up inter-ethnic tensions, but to everyone's relief voting happened peacefully. The polling operation was on a massive scale. There were 176 million people eligible to vote, although only 15% could read or write. Symbols were being used on ballot papers for each of the parties and independent candidates, so that those who couldn’t read knew where to cast their vote. Voters were not even required to mark their ballot papers they simply had to put them into a box marked with the symbol of their favoured candidate. -WTN

Courtesy : extract from BBC website

 
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