New Delhi, May 24 (Indian Express): Although still very low, representation of Muslim Parliamentarians in 17th Lok Sabha may go up slightly over the last term.
At last count, 25 MPs are likely to be elected, against 23 in the outgoing Lok Sabha.
Muslim representation in the Lower House comes to less than 5 per cent, way below the community’s 14-per cent share in total population.
The BJP, leading in 303 of 542 seats, is again the only winning party in general elections not to have a single Muslim MP. The party had given tickets to two Muslim candidates in West Bengal, where the community accounts for about 27 per cent of the state’s population; one in Lakshadweep, which has over 95 per cent Muslim population; and three in Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley. None of the six candidates have won or are in the lead.
Muslim representation in the Lower House comes to less than 5 per cent of its total composition, way below the community’s 14-per cent share in total population.