Representation of Muslims in 16th Lok Sabha plunges all-time low at 22
The 16th Lok Sabha will have lowest Muslim representation (Muslim MPs) of all-time at 22. The previous low in the history of Indian Parliament was witnessed in 1957 when there were only 23 Muslim MPs. While Muslims constitute 10.5% of India’s population, its percentage representation in the new Lok Sabha will be 4.2%. In 1957, it was slightly high at 4.6%. The highest representation was in 1980 when 49 Muslims were elected as MPs.
West Bengal sends the largest number of Muslim MPs with 4 from Trinamool Congress and 2 each from Congress and CPI. The second highest number is from Bihar with RJD, NCP, Lok Jan Shakti Party and Congress sending 1 MP each. In Assam 2 Muslim MPs, both from All India United Democratic Front, have won. Kashmir has elected 3 Muslim MPs while Kerala elected 3. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have elected 1 Muslim MP each while no Muslim MP has been elected from Uttar Pradesh.