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False Claim Of 110 Muslim MPs Elected To Lok Sabha Goes Viral

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

110 Muslim MPs in the Parliament, 20% of the total strength, after the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

Newschecker ran a keyword search for “Muslim MPs Lok Sabha”, which led us to multiple news reports stating that only 24 Muslims were elected to the Lok Sabha this year, two less than in 2019. According to the reports, 78 Muslims contested the polls including Independents in this election, as compared to 115 Muslim candidates that contested in 2019. We did not come across any report that stated there were 110 Muslim MPs elected across India during the 2024 general elections.

“Muslims now account for only 4.42% of Lok Sabha’s total strength, the second lowest share of all time. After a record 49 Muslim MPs (9.04% of the House) were elected in 1980, and 45 Muslim MPs (8.3% of the House) were elected in 1984, the number of Muslims in Lok Sabha has never crossed 40,” read an Indian Express report, dated June 8, 2024. A similar report from ABP News can be seen here.

“While there are no Muslim MPs among NDA parties, the INDIA bloc has 7.9 percent Muslim MPs. Similarly, the NDA has no Christian MPs, while the INDIA bloc has 3.5 percent Christian MPs. There is not even one single Sikh MP in the NDA while the INDIA bloc has 5 percent MPs from Sikh community…Overall, 24 Muslim MPs have been elected to the Lok Sabha this time,” read a Mint report, dated June 7, 2024. A similar Print report can be seen here, further confirming that 24 Muslim MPs were elected to the Lok Sabha, and not 110 as claimed.

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Result: False

Source
Indian Express report, June 8, 2024
ABP News report, June 5, 2024


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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