2016 elections in India

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The elections in India in 2016 include the five state legislative assembly elections.[1] The tenure of the state legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam, expired during the year.[2][3] More than 18,000 Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) in 64 Assembly constituencies were used in these 5 elections.[4] The dates of these elections were announced on 4 March 2016.[5]

Legislative Assembly Elections[edit]

Start date End date State Government before Chief Minister before Government after Elected Chief Minister
4 April 2016 11 April 2016 Assam Indian National Congress Tarun Gogoi Bharatiya Janata Party Sarbananda Sonowal
Asom Gana Parishad
Bodoland People's Front
4 April 2016 5 May 2016 West Bengal All India Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee All India Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee
16 May 2016 Kerala United Democratic Front Oommen Chandy Left Democratic Front Pinarayi Vijayan
Puducherry All India N.R. Congress N. Rangaswamy Indian National Congress V. Narayanasamy
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Tamil Nadu All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam J. Jayalalithaa All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam J. Jayalalithaa


The tenure of the Legislative Assembly of Assam expired on June 5, 2016. The polls for the incumbent assembly were held in two phases on April 4 and 11 2016 to elect members of the 126 constituencies in Assam. BJP won 60 seats and became biggest party in the election. {{#section:2016 Assam Legislative Assembly election|Results}}

West Bengal[edit]

The tenure of the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal expired on May 29, 2016. Like in 2011, the polls for the next assembly were held in six phases. The first phase, held in Naxal-affected areas, had two polling dates — April 4 and April 11. The other phases were held on April 17, 21, 25, 30 and May 5.[6][7]

West Bengal election results were announced along with other four assemblies on 19 May 2016. All India Trinamool Congress under Mamata Banerjee won 211 seats, and thus was reelected with an enhanced majority.[8] {{#section:2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election|Results}}


The tenure of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala expired on May 31, 2016. The polls for the next assembly were held on 16 May 2016. The Left Democratic Front won a clear victory with 91 in 140 seats.[9] {{#section:2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election|Results}}


The tenure of the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry expired on June 2, 2016. The polls for the next assembly were held on 16 May 2016 to elect members of the 30 constituencies in the non-contiguous territory. INC won 15 out of 30 seats. {{#section:2016 Puducherry Legislative Assembly election|Results}}

Tamil Nadu[edit]

The tenure of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu expired on May 22, 2016. The polls for the next assembly were held on 16 May 2016 for the 234 seats of the Legislative Assembly in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.[10] In the previous election in 2011, the AIADMK, under the leadership of Jayalalithaa, won a majority and formed the government.[11] The results declared on 19 May 2016 and AIADMK was able to retain power with a comfortable majority of 133 seats out of 231. {{#section:2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election|Results}}

Local Body Elections[edit]


Date Municipal Bodies Winner 2016
24 December 2021 Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Bharatiya Janata Party


  1. "Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam polls in April–May". 21 December 2015.
  2. "Terms of Houses, Election Commission of India". Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  3. "Assembly polls: Chasing the Muslim vote".
  4. "VVPAT usage in 64 seats in 5 states Schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry" (PDF).
  5. "Election Commission announces dates for 5 state polls in April and May | India News - Times of India".
  6. "West Bengal Assembly Election Schedule 2016 - infoelections.com".
  7. "Assembly Election Results Dates Candidate List Opinion/Exit Poll Latest News, Political Consulting Survey Election Campaign Management Company India".
  8. "It's 'Mamata wave' in West Bengal as voters reject Congress-Left alliance". Ritesh K Srivastava. Zee News. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  9. "2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly Election Results Constituency Wise".
  10. "4 States, Puducherry to go to polls between April 4 and May 16". The Hindu. 4 March 2016.
  11. "Can BJP give Tamil Nadu's Dravidian parties a jolt in 2016? Possibly". First Post. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-30.

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