Explained: Who Sits Where in the Lok Sabha & How is It Decided?
(Photo: Arnica Kala/The Quint)
  • 1. How Many Can the Lok Sabha Seat?
  • 2. Who Sits Where?
  • 3. The Seating Formula
  • 4. Seating Arrangement: Then and Now
Explained: Who Sits Where in the Lok Sabha & How is It Decided?

Now that elections are over and speculation about who will get which ministry is going around, there’s one question that still remains – What will the seating arrangement for the 17th Lok Sabha look like? Which party will get the front seats and who will come to occupy them?

The answer to these questions lies in detailed procedures , which lay down rules for assigning seats in the lower house.

  • 1. How Many Can the Lok Sabha Seat?

    The present strength of the Lok Sabha stands at 543, and the entire country is divided into the same number of constituencies.

    During general elections, voters from each of these constituencies elect one person who represents that seat in the Lok Sabha. However, the ‘house of the people’ can accommodate upto 550 people.

    Explained: Who Sits Where in the Lok Sabha & How is It Decided?
    (Photo: The Quint)

    These 550 seats in the Lok Sabha are spread across six blocs, each having 11 rows. The seats are arranged in such a fashion that they all face the Chair – an official term for the Speaker.

    But who gets to sit in the front rows of each of these six blocs? How is this seating arrangement decided, and by whom?

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