Parliament Elections and Political Parties, 2009
Indian Parliament House

The general elections to the Indian Parliament is the biggest democratic exercise in the world, with an electorate of  about 714 million. The polling is in five phases, between April 16 and May 13. The votes will be counted on May 16 and most of the results are also expected the same day.  Rashtriya Janata Dal, which was a State party last time, is now a national party, taking the number of national parties contesting the elections to seven. About 40 State parties may also be in the arena. Here are some background information.
Recognised political parties-2004, in 2009
Tally 1999 Tally 1998 Tally 2004
Tally 2008
Tally 2009
Seats 2009
Tally 2009


Political Parties

National/ Regional

Official sites

Data/Analysis Comment

Personalities/ Campaigns

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

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
Dravida Munneta Kazhagam
Shiv Sena
Telugu Desam
Asom Gana Parishad

Election Commission of India
Press Information Bureau
Election Schedule (PDF)
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC)
Left Democratic Front
United Democratic Front
BJP Kerala
Muslim League

National Election Watch
BBC Live Coverage
The Hindu
Indian Elections
Perfomance of MPs
Vote share: historic data (Kerala)
Graphs (Kerala)
Contituencies in Kerala
L. K. Advani
Ramesh Chennithala
Sashi Tharoor
K. V. Thomas