As the discussion for whether politicians should have an educational qualification seems never-ending, a survey by India Today declared that YSR Congress Party from Andhra Pradesh has most educated candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, followed by Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi at second and third positions, individually.
As per the survey, YSRCP has 88% of Lok Sabha contestants who are educated while DMK has 87.5% of applicants who are educated while TRS stands in third place with 82.4%. Interestingly, the survey states that regional parties have the most educated contestants.
The other parties in the list are Naam Tamilar Katchi of Tamil Nadu with 80 per cent of applicants being educated while the Congress has 75.7 per cent candidates who have achieved higher education followed by the Trinamool Congress (74.5%), Biju Janata Dal (71.4%), Aam Aadmi Party (71.4%) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (70.8%).
The review also states that five best constituencies which have contestants will higher education. They are Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, Balangir in Odisha, South Goa in Goa, Nabarangpur in Odisha and Nagaland constituency in Nagaland. While, it also said that there are very few uneducated candidates, just 2% of the total applicants contesting the Lok Sabha polls.