Those who became a member of parliament (MP) for the first time were more active during the last Lok Sabha than the current one.
Debates, questions and the moving of private member bills all had fewer first-term MPs behind them than seen previously, shows a Business Standard analysis of data from tracker PRS Legislative Research. The analysis considered data as of August 2023 for the 17th Lok Sabha. There are as many as 272 first-term MPs currently serving in the Lok Sabha.
For every 100 debates involving experienced MPs, first-term MPs participated in 182 in the previous Lok Sabha. This ratio dropped to 92 in the 17th Lok Sabha, falling behind experienced ones (Chart 1).