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Younger MPs, more women: This is how 17th Lok Sabha will look like

The percentage of MPs aged below 40 years is higher than the 16th Lok Sabha which had 8 per cent, but has steadily declined from 26 per cent in the first Lok Sabha.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 26, 2019 13:26 IST
In the 17th Lok Sabha, the tally of national parties is 397
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In the 17th Lok Sabha, the tally of national parties is 397 -- Bharatiya Janata Party (303), Congress (52) and Trinamool Congress (22). The DMK has the highest number of MPs among state parties at 23 followed by the YSRCP at 22.

The newly constituted Lok Sabha will have 300 first-term members, compared to 314 in 2014, and 78 number of woman members -- another marked increase from the last time.

According to PRS Legislative Research, which tracks the work of parliament, as many as 197 members of the outgoing House have got re-elected while 54 others were members of previous houses.

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300 first-terms MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha

Additionally, the average age of members in the new Lok Sabha is 54 years, and 394 have at least completed graduation level education.

According to the PRS statement, 42 per cent of the new MPs are aged between 56 to 70 years while only six per cent are above 70 years of age, and 12 per cent are between the age of 25 years to 40 years.

The percentage of MPs aged below 40 years is thus higher than the 16th Lok Sabha which had 8 per cent, but has steadily declined from 26 per cent in the first Lok Sabha.

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Younger MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha

On an average, woman members are six years younger compared to their male counterparts in the 17th Lok Sabha.

Most MPs have declared political and social work as their occupation.

"Three hundred MPs will be in Lok Sabha for their first term.. From the outgoing Lok Sabha, 197 MPs were re-elected. Further, 45 have been members of earlier Lok Sabhas. This distribution is not very different from the last general election," a PRS release said.

The 17th Lok Sabha also has a larger number of re-elected members.

With regards to education, 27 per cent of the new MPs have studied till higher secondary, as against 20 per cent in the previous house.

Since 1996, at least 75 per cent of representatives of each Lok Sabha have been graduates.

As many as 716 woman candidates contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election, out of which 78 were elected against 62 in 2014.

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78 woman MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha

"The representation of women MPs in Lok Sabha is slowly improving from 5 per cent in the 1st Lok Sabha to 14 per cent in the 17th Lok Sabha," the PRS statement said.

Though the percentage of women MPs has increased over the years, it is still lower in comparison to some countries. These include Rwanda (61 per cent), South Africa (43 per cent), UK (32 per cent), USA (24 per cent), and Bangladesh (21 per cent).

When it comes to professional profiling, 39 per cent of the MPs have listed their occupation as political and social work. While 38 per cent are engaged in agricultural activities, 23 per cent are businessmen and only 4 per cent are lawyers.

In the 17th Lok Sabha, the tally of national parties is 397 -- Bharatiya Janata Party (303), Congress (52) and Trinamool Congress (22). The DMK has the highest number of MPs among state parties at 23 followed by the YSRCP at 22.

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BJP has the highest representation

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