The 17th Lok Sabha was formed by the members elected in the 2019 Indian general election. Elections, all across India, were conducted in seven phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 by the Election Commission of India. Counting started officially on the morning of 23 May 2019 and the results were declared on the same day.
|17th Lok Sabha|
|Legislative body||Indian Parliament|
|Term||24 May 2019 –|
|Election||2019 Indian general election|
|Government||Third National Democratic Alliance Government|
|Vice President||Jagdeep Dhankhar|
|House of the People|
|Speaker of the House||Om Birla|
|Leader of the House||Narendra Modi|
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Leader of the Opposition||Vacant|
|Party control||National Democratic Alliance|
Om Birla was elected as speaker of the house. As no party holds 10% of the seats to secure the position of Leader of Opposition, currently, there is no leader of opposition. However, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, which is the second largest party.
The 17th Lok Sabha has the most women representatives, at 14 percent. 267 members are first-time MPs. 233 members (43 percent) have had criminal charges against them. 475 members have their declared assets to be more than ₹1 crore (US$130,000); average assets were ₹20.9 crore (US$2.6 million). Around 39 percent of members are professionally noted to be politicians or involved in social work.
- Speaker: Om Birla, BJP
- Deputy Speaker: Vacant
- Leader of the House: Narendra Modi, BJP
- Leader of Opposition: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
- Secretary General: Utpal Kumar Singh
Party-wise distribution of seatsEdit
The 17th Lok Sabha has the highest ever number of women politicians with a total of 78 which is nearly 14%. The earlier Lok Sabha had 62 women MPs. The average age of 17th Lok Sabha is noted to be 54 years and 12% of MPs are below the age of 40. Chandrani Murmu of BJD from Keonjhar constituency became the youngest member at the age of 25 years, 11 months and nine days and Shafiqur Rahman Barq of SP from Sambhal constituency became the oldest member at the age of 89. Education-wise, 43% MPs have graduate-level education, 25% are post-graduates and 4% of members have doctorates in various subjects. Of the total strength, 300 members have been elected as member for the first time and 197 members have been elected second time consecutively i.e. they were a member in the 16th Lok Sabha as well. BJP members Maneka Gandhi from Sultanpur constituency and Santosh Gangwar from Bareilly constituency has been elected to Lok Sabha for the eighth time. Religion-wise, 90.4% members are Hindus and 5.2% are Muslims, with the rest, nearly 4%, being Sikhs, Christians and other minorities.
According to the NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 233 members (i.e. 43%) have criminal charges against them. Of these, nearly 29% of the cases are rape, murder, attempted murder, or crime against women. Congress MP Dean Kuriakose, of the Idukki constituency in Kerala, has 204 criminal cases.
Financially, the number of members who are crorepati (i.e. with declared assets more than ₹1 crore (US$130,000)) are 475. Members with more than ₹5 crore (US$630,000) assets are 266. The average assets of the whole Lok Sabha was ₹20.9 crore (US$2.6 million) and Nakul Nath of Congress from Chhindwara constituency has the highest declared assets of nearly ₹660 crore (US$83 million). Nath is followed by H. Vasanthakumar from Kanyakumari constituency, with ₹417 crore (US$52 million) and D. K. Suresh from Bangalore Rural constituency with ₹338 crore (US$42 million); both being of Congress party.
Professionally, around 39% noted to be politicians or involved in social work. This is followed by 38% of members declaring as agriculturists and 23% as businessmen.
- Elections in Vellore constituency were held later in August 2019 and won by DMK. The same has been included in table making their total to 24.
- Kunwar Danish Ali was removed as Leader of House and replaced with Shyam Singh Yadav after Ali went against the party's decision to support revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status in Lok Sabha.
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