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Can any Bollywood drama ever compare with the awesome spectacle of an Indian election?

Let us check out how much you know about the Great Election Tamasha.

A quiz we will publish every working day till May 13, the day we know who we have elected to the 14th Lok Sabha.

1. How many seats did the National Conference win in the 1996 election?
a. 3.
b. 1.
c. None.

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The correct answer is C
The National Conference boycotted the 1996 general election. The party, which contested its first general election in 1967, interestingly never won more than three of Jammu and Kashmir's 6 seats before the 1999 election. In 1999, it won four seats including Srinagar (Omar Abdullah), Anantnag, Baramullah and Ladakh. Its then ally, the BJP, won Jammu and Udhampur.

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The National Conference boycotted the 1996 general election. The party, which contested its first general election in 1967, interestingly never won more than three of Jammu and Kashmir's 6 seats before the 1999 election. In 1999, it won four seats including Srinagar (Omar Abdullah), Anantnag, Baramullah and Ladakh. Its then ally, the BJP, won Jammu and Udhampur.

2. Outer Delhi is the largest constituency in India, number of electors-wise. Which is the largest constituency area-wise?
a. Barmer .
b. Ladakh.
c. Kutch.

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With an area covering 173,266.37 sq km, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is by far the largest constituency in India, area-wise. Barmer in Rajasthan, with 71601.24 sq km, is the second largest. Kutch, in Gujarat, is the third largest.
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With an area covering 173,266.37 sq km, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is by far the largest constituency in India, area-wise. Barmer in Rajasthan, with 71601.24 sq km, is the second largest. Kutch, in Gujarat, is the third largest.

3. How many seats did the Congress win in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1991 Lok Sabha election?
a. 3 out of the state's 6.
b. No election was held in Jammu and Kashmir in 1991.
c. 2 out of 6.

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By April-May 1991, the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir -- which had begun in December 1989 -- had worsened so much that conducting an election was impossible. Security forces were battling terrorists virtually every hour. No Lok Sabha election was held in the state till May 1996, when conditions improved a little.
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By April-May 1991, the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir -- which had begun in December 1989 -- had worsened so much that conducting an election was impossible. Security forces were battling terrorists virtually every hour. No Lok Sabha election was held in the state till May 1996, when conditions improved a little.

4. What was unusual about the outcome of the 1998 Lok Sabha election in Ladakh?
a. The National Conference won the seat for the first time.
b. Every party fielded Buddhists as their candidates, for the first time.
c. It was countermanded.

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The Congress had won Ladakh every election -- barring 1989 when Independent nominee Mohammad Hassan won -- since Lok Sabha elections were held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir in 1967. In 1998, the National Conference turned the tide, when its candidate Agha Syed Hussain defeated sitting MP Phuntsog Namgayal by 30,557 votes. In 1999, the National Conference's Ghulam Hassan Khan -- a former police officer -- retained the seat by 2,090 votes.
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The Congress had won Ladakh every election -- barring 1989 when Independent nominee Mohammad Hassan won -- since Lok Sabha elections were held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir in 1967. In 1998, the National Conference turned the tide, when its candidate Agha Syed Hussain defeated sitting MP Phuntsog Namgayal by 30,557 votes. In 1999, the National Conference's Ghulam Hassan Khan -- a former police officer -- retained the seat by 2,090 votes.

5. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, now Jammu and Kashmir's chief minister, was Independent India's first Muslim home minister. Where did he win the 1989 Lok Sabha election from?
a. Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir.
b. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
c. Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed -- civil aviation minister in the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet -- resigned from the government and Rajya Sabha in 1987, protesting against the manner in which the Centre and Congress party were treating his state. He later left the Congress, joined hands with Arun Nehru, who he was close to, and V P Singh and formed the Janata Dal. As the JD candidate he chose to contest the Lok Sabha election from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in 1989, rather than his native Kashmir, and easily defeated the Congress' Anand P Tyagi. But he lost to the BJP's Naresh K Baliyan from Muzaffarnagar in the 1991 election. He returned to the Congress later that decade and won a Lok Sabha seat from his home state -- Anantnag in 1998, by 48,708 votes -- for the first time. A year later, he left the Congress a second time and formed the J&K Peoples' Democratic Party.
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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed -- civil aviation minister in the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet -- resigned from the government and Rajya Sabha in 1987, protesting against the manner in which the Centre and Congress party were treating his state. He later left the Congress, joined hands with Arun Nehru, who he was close to, and V P Singh and formed the Janata Dal. As the JD candidate he chose to contest the Lok Sabha election from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in 1989, rather than his native Kashmir, and easily defeated the Congress' Anand P Tyagi. But he lost to the BJP's Naresh K Baliyan from Muzaffarnagar in the 1991 election. He returned to the Congress later that decade and won a Lok Sabha seat from his home state -- Anantnag in 1998, by 48,708 votes -- for the first time. A year later, he left the Congress a second time and formed the J&K Peoples' Democratic Party.

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