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The share of Muslim parliamentarians in the 18th Lok Sabha is the lowest in six decades.

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The total number of Muslim parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha is currently less than five percent. The BJP, which emerged as the largest single party in the 2024 general elections, currently has no parliamentary representation from the Muslim community. There is an increasing share of Muslim MPs in Parliament.

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New Delhi: The results of the Lok Sabha elections on June 4 also gave a clear picture of the number of MPs in the 18th Lok Sabha. However, this time the proportion of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha is the lowest in six decades. passed by

According to Hindu reports The number of Muslim members in parliament currently stands at less than 5 percent, even though the community accounts for more than 15 percent of the country’s total population.

Overall, there are currently 24 Muslim parliamentarians (4.4 per cent) in the Lok Sabha. This time, the largest opposition party, the Congress, It has increased the share of Muslim parliamentarians. But the total number of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha has dropped to an all-time low.

This time, the largest party appears in the 2024 election results, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) currently having no representation from the Muslim community.

Historically, the share of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha decreased in the 1990s, starting with the rise of the BJP. The number of MPs of the BJP then exceeded 100 for the first time in the 10th Lok Sabha (2012). . 1991-96)

In the 1980s, the share of Muslims in the Lok Sabha was the highest.

The share of Muslims in the Lok Sabha was the highest in the 1980s at 8.3 percent. The Congress was in power in the 7th (1980-1984) and 8th (1984-89) Lok Sabha.

Then, after the number of Muslim parliamentarians decreased The number of Muslim parliamentarians increased again in the 14th Lok Sabha (2004-09) during the first term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to approximately 7%. Council decreased

If we look at the data of the last four Lok Sabha. Including the current Lok Sabha. In the second term of the UPA, 4.8 percent of parliamentarians were found to be Muslims. While in the first phase of their National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the number dropped to 4.7 percent, i.e.

In 2019, it increased again to 5 percent in NDA 2, but dropped to 4.4 percent in NDA 3.

The Congress party has the highest number of Muslim parliamentarians.

Currently, the Congress Party is at the top. There are 7 Muslim parliamentarians, representing 7 percent of the total number of parliamentarians.

This is the first time since the 8th Lok Sabha (1984-89) that the share of Muslim MPs in Parliament exceeded 7 per cent. In the 6th, 7th and 8th Lok Sabha (1977-89), the share This has increased to approximately 7.5% since then. The share also dropped sharply and continuously to 1.1% in the Seventeenth Lok Sabha (2019–2024).

It is followed by the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) with five and four Muslim MPs respectively.

Eleven per cent of SP MPs are Muslims and 17 per cent are from Trinamool. Other Muslim members The parliament consists of 3 from the Indian Muslim Union League, 2 from the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, 1 from the All India Majlis Ittehad Muslimeen and 2 independent members.

in the states of Assam and Kerala The proportion of Muslim parliamentarians is low.

The main reason for the low number of Muslim MPs in the latest Lok Sabha is that the share of Muslim MPs in Assam and Kerala has dropped significantly. This time their share in Assam decreased from 14% to 7%, while in Kerala it decreased from 19% to 15%.

In Uttar Pradesh as well Even though the ‘India’ alliance will win the most seats in 2024, the share of Muslim parliamentarians in the state has dropped from 8 per cent in the last Lok Sabha to 6 per cent in 2024.

Overall, only ten states and union territories have elected at least one Muslim member to the current parliament, besides states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim. And Uttarakhand has never elected a Muslim member of parliament.

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