Muslim representation in 16th Lok Sabha hits all-time low at 22

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Updated: May 17 2014, 20:23pm hrs
Muslim representation in the 16th Lok Sabha has hit an all-time low at 22. This is the worst in the history of Indian Parliament with the previous low being in 1957 when there were only 23 Muslim MPs.

While Muslims constitute 10.5 per cent of the population, its percentage representation in the new Lok Sabha will be 4.2 per cent. In 1957, it was marginally high at 4.6 per cent. The highest representation was in 1980 when 49 Muslims were elected to Parliament.

The largest number of Muslim MPs come from West Bengal with four from Trinamool Congress and two each from Congress and CPI.

The second highest number is from Bihar with RJD, NCP, Lok Jan Shakti Party and Congress sending one MP each. In Assam two Muslim MPs, both from All India United Democratic Front, have won. Kashmir has elected three Muslim MPs while Kerala elected three. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have elected one Muslim MP each while there is none from Uttar Pradesh.