More people vote in India's general elections than in any other. The scale of the exercise was massive enough during the first general election in 1951 - 173.21 million voters, 1,874 candidates - but since then has increased many times over. The 16th general election scheduled for April-May will have an electorate of 814.50 million.
Graphic by Anand Sinha
Research by Niti Kiran and Jyotindra Dubey