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Data shows UP, India's largest state, elected most dynasts, majority in BJP

The 15th Lok Sabha beginning in 2009 was the most 'dynastic' term yet, comprising 53 MPs with family ties to politicians, 9.5% of the total lower house

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UP, Bihar and Jharkhand send 134 MPs to the Lok Sabha. In 2014, the BJP and its allies had won 116 seats in these three states, dealing a decisive blow to the UPA | Photo: Bloomberg

Tish Sanghera | IndiaSpend Mumbai
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has had a similar number of ‘dynasts’ amongst its elected parliamentarians over the past two decades as the Indian National Congress (Congress), shows our analysis of a new dataset containing the biographical profiles of all 4,807 parliamentarians since India’s first parliament in 1952.
Since 1999, the Congress has had 36 dynastic MPs elected to the Lok Sabha, with the BJP not far behind with 31. In 1999, the beginning of the 13th Lok Sabha, 8% of Congress members of parliament (MPs) were either descended from or married to former MPs, only slightly

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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 9:12 AM IST

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