17th Lok Sabha set to witness 78 women MP’s, highest in its history!
Seventy-eight seats have been won by women candidates in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, the highest since the first Lok Sabha in 1952.
Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are sending the highest number of women to the house, 11 each. A total of 724 women candidates contested, with Congress fielding the maximum 54 women, followed by BJP at 53.
With over 14 per cent female MPs, the 17th Lok Sabha will have the highest number of women candidates since 1952. In 16th Lok Sabha, 64 women had won, while 52 women were elected to the 15th Lok Sabha. A Bill for 33 per cent representation for women in legislatures in pending in Parliament.
As many as 27 out of 41 sitting women MPs, including Sonia Gandhi, Hema Malini and Kirron Kher, retained their seats in Lok Sabha polls, but the likes of Smriti Irani and Pragya Thakur stole the show with their victories over their more renowned rivals. As many as 222 women contested the polls independently. A total of 8,049 candidates were in the fray in the parliamentary polls.
Meanwhile, the number of Muslim MPs elected to Lok Sabha has increased to 27, up from 23 the last time. TMC has five Muslim MPs, followed by four of Congress while there are three Muslim MPs each from SP, BSP, National Conference and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). AIMIM has sent two Muslim MPs while none of BJP's six candidates won.