The Election Commission recently announced the poll schedule for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. In this context, we present data on the composition of the 16th Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (2012-2017) and trends in participation of the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Average age of MLAs is 55 years; over 70% have a graduate degree
Out of the current MLAs, 62% are between the age of 45 years and 65 years, while just 2% are below the age of 35 years. Note that the minimum age for contesting elections is 25 years.