With an electorate size of almost 17.6 crore voters, of which 15 crore could neither read nor write, the Elections of 1951-52 was aptly called “The biggest gamble in history“. Added to it were factors like terrain & monsoon which had posed grave challenges to the logistics of the elections. The Indian Civil Servant Sukumkar Sen, who was appointed as Chief Election Commissioner deserves credit for successfully carrying out the unprecedented task of gigantic magnitude.
Following are few rare photos & interesting excerpts which capture the essence of the 1952 elections.
Campaigning by Congress whosesymbol was “‘Pair of bullocks carrying a yoke”
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