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India elects a record 78 women to 17th Lok Sabha!

India elects a record 78 women to 17th Lok Sabha!

The 17th Lok Sabha will see the highest ever number of women in Parliament, 78 women have been elected from across the country.

There is certainly more room for improvement, with the current proportion of women being just 14.36% in Parliament.

This at a time when 48% of India’s population is female, according to the last Census.

The single largest party at the Centre, the BJP, has also sent the most women to Parliament.

Out of the 303 seats the party secured, 41 are women.

Across the country, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal sent the maximum number of women to the Lok Sabha, with 11 women being elected from each state.

Uttar Pradesh has eight women MPs from the BJP, and one each from the Congress, BSP and Apna Dal.

Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress gave 40% representation to women in the candidate list and therefore nine women from AITC have been elected to the Parliament.

Two BJP women candidates were also elected from the state.

Tamil Nadu elected three women — Kanimozhi and Thamizhachi Thangapandian from the DMK and Jothimani from the Congress.

Kanimozhi, who was a Rajya Sabha MP, won from Thoothukudi, and Thamizhachi was re-elected from Chennai South.

The DMK only fielded 2 women candidates out of a total of 20, and both candidates won.

Jothimani, on the other hand, won against five-time AIADMK MP M Thambidurai and won.

Tamil Nadu had 64 women candidates in total.

Overall, Tamil Nadu sent four women MPs to Parliament in 2014 and is down to three now.

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