Election 2024 Results: 73 women elected to Lok Sabha, lower than 2019

This is the first election since the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament to reserve one-third of seats for women.

ByPTI

Published Jun 05, 2024 | 9:24 PMUpdatedJun 05, 2024 | 9:31 PM

73 women elected to Lok Sabha in 2024

A total of 73 women have won the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, a slight dip from 78 elected in 2019. Of the total women MPs elected to the Lower House from across the country, West Bengal is leading with 11 female MPs.

A total of 797 women candidates had contested the elections with the BJP fielding the maximum at 69 followed by the Congress at 41. This is the first election since the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament to reserve one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women. The law is yet to come into effect.

According to an analysis of the Election Commission data, BJP’s 30 women candidates won the polls this time, Congress’ 14, TMC’s 11, four of the Samajwadi Party’s, three of the DMK, and two each of the JD(U) and LJP(R). With over 13.44 per cent female MPs, the 18th Lok Sabha will have one of the highest number of women members since 1952.

The 17th Lok Sabha had the highest number of women parliamentarians at 78, constituting over 14 percent of the total strength. In the 16th Lok Sabha, 64 women were its members, while 52 women were elected to the 15th Lok Sabha.

BJP’s Hema Malini, TMC’s Mahua Moitra, NCP’s Supriya Sule, and SP’s Dimple Yadav retained their seats in the Lok Sabha polls, but candidates like Kangna Ranaut and Misha Bharati stole the show with their victories.

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Samajwadi Party’s 25-year-old candidate for Machhlishahr, Priya Saroj, and 29-year-old Iqra Choudhary of Kairana seat, were among the youngest nominees to secure a victory.

Notably, parties like Naam Tamilar Katchi have achieved equal gender representation with 50 percent of women candidates. Other parties with significant female representation included Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) and Nationalist Congress Party, each with 40 percent women candidates.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) both had 33 per cent female representation, while the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had 29 percent. The Samajwadi Party had 20 percent, and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) 25 percent.

A total of 8,360 candidates were in the fray in the parliamentary polls. Three transgender candidates contested the elections independently. But all of them lost in the polls. There were 24 women MPs each in the first and the second Lok Sabha.

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