Member of the Legislative Assembly (India)

Member of the Legislative Assembly of State Legislative Assemblies of India
  • Honourable (Inside India)
  • His/Her Excellency (Outside India)
TypeLegislative Assembly
Member of
Reports toGovernor of state
ResidenceRaj Bhavan
AppointerElected by Voters (citizen)
Salary350,000 (US$4,400)
(incl. allowances) per month

A Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district (constituency) to the legislature of State government in the Indian system of government. From each constituency, the people elect one representative who then becomes a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Each state has between seven and nine MLAs for every Member of Parliament (MP) that it has in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India's bicameral parliament. There are also members in three unicameral legislatures in Union Territories: the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and the Puducherry Legislative Assembly. Only a Member of the Legislative Assembly can work as a minister for more than 6 months. If a non-Member of the Legislative Assembly becomes a Chief Minister or a minister, he must become an MLA within 6 months to continue in the job. Only a Member of the Legislative Assembly can become the Speaker of the Legislature.


In states where there are two houses, there is a State Legislative Council, and a State Legislative Assembly. In such a case, the Legislative Council is the upper house, while the Legislative Assembly is the lower house of the state legislature.

The Governor shall not be a member of the Legislature or Parliament, shall not hold any office of profit, and shall be entitled to emoluments and allowances. (Article 158 of the Indian constitution).

The Legislative Assembly consists of not more than 500 members and not fewer than 60. The biggest state, Uttar Pradesh, has 403 members in its Assembly. States which have small populations and are small in size have a provision for having an even smaller number of members in the Legislative Assembly. Puducherry has 33 members out of which 3 are nominated by central government. Mizoram and Goa have only 40 members each. Sikkim has 32. All members of the Legislative Assembly are elected based on adult franchise, and one member is elected from one constituency. Until January 2020, the President had the power to nominate two Anglo Indians to the Lok Sabha and the Governor had the power to nominate one member from the Anglo Indian community deems fit if the governor thinks that they are not adequately represented in the Assembly. In January 2020, the Anglo-Indian reserved seats in the Parliament and State legislatures of India were abolished by the 104th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019.

Nominated MLAs in states and UTs

Up to three MLAs can be nominated in the union territory of Puducherry by the central government who enjoy equal powers as elected MLAs.


The qualifications to become a member of the Legislative Assembly are largely similar to the qualifications to be a member of Parliament.

  1. The person should be a citizen of India.
  2. Not less than 25 years of age to be a member of the Legislative Assembly and not less than 30 years (as per Article 173 of Indian Constitution) to be a member of the Legislative Council.
  3. No person can become a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council of any state unless the individual is a voter from any constituency of the state. Those who cannot become members of Parliament also cannot become members of the state legislature.
  4. The person should not be convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment of 2 years or more.
  5. Person must be sound of mind.


The term of the Legislative Assembly is five years. However, it may be dissolved earlier than that by the Governor at the request of the Chief Minister, when the Chief Minister has actual majority support in the Assembly. The Assembly may be dissolved earlier if no one can prove majority support and become Chief Minister. The term of the Legislative Assembly may be extended during an emergency, but not more than six months at a time. The Legislative Council is the upper house of the State. Just like the Rajya Sabha, it is a permanent House. The members of the state's upper house are selected based on the strength of each party in the lower house and by state gubernatorial nomination. The term is six years, and a third of the members of the House retire after every two years. The upper house of a state assembly, unlike the upper house of the Parliament, can be abolished by the lower house, if it passes a specific law bill, which states to dissolve the upper house, and gets it attested in both houses of parliament and then signed by the president into law. Only Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh have their upper houses in existence with a six-year term. All other states have abolished the upper house by the above-mentioned method, as the upper house causes unnecessary problems, expenditures and issues.


The most important function of the legislature is law-making. The state legislature has the power to make laws on all items on which Parliament cannot legislate. Some of these items are police, prisons, irrigation, agriculture, local governments, public health, Pilgrimage, and burial grounds. Some topics on which both Parliament and states can make laws are education, marriage and divorce, forests, and the protection of wild animals and birds.

As regards money bills, the position is the same. Bills can originate only in the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Council can either pass the bill within 14 days of the date of the receipt of the Bill or suggest changes to it within 14 days. These changes may or may not be accepted by the Assembly.

The state legislature, besides making laws, has one electoral power, in electing the President of India. Elected members of the Legislative Assembly along with the elected members of Parliament are involved in this process.

Some parts of the Constitution can be amended by Parliament with the approval of half of the state legislatures. Thus the state legislatures take part in the process of amendment to the Constitution.

MLAs by States

Members of Legislative Assembly by their political party (As of 8 January 2024)

State/UT Total Ruling


Independent NOM Vacant
Andhra Pradesh 175 YSRCP None None YSRCP(147) 9 1
Arunachal Pradesh 60 BJP 48 NPP(4) 4 AITC (1) None 1 2
Assam 126 BJP 63 AGP (8) 25 CPI(M) (1) AIUDF (15) 3
UPPL (7)
BPF(3) RD (1)
Bihar 243 JD(U) 78 HAM(4) 19 RJD (79) CPI(ML)L(12) 1
CPI(M) (2)
JD(U) (45) CPI (2)
Chhattisgarh 90 BJP 54 None 35 None GGP (1)
Goa 40 BJP 28 MGP (2) 3 AAP (2) RGP(1)
IND(3) GFP (1)
Gujarat 182 BJP 156 IND (3) 16 AAP (4) None 2
SP (1)
Haryana 90 BJP 41 JJP (10) 30 None INLD (1) 2
HLP (1)
Himachal Pradesh 68 INC 25 None 40 None None 3
Jharkhand 81 JMM 26 AJSU (3) 17 JMM (29) None 1 1
NCP(AP) (1) RJD (1)
IND (2) CPI(ML)L (1)
Karnataka 224 INC 66 JD(S) (19) 136 None SKP (1) 1
Kerala 140 CPI(M) None 21 IUML (15) CPI(M) (61) 5 1
CPI (17)
KEC (2) KC(M) (5)
NCP (2)
JD(S) (2)
DCK (1) RJD (1)
KC(B) (1)
RMPI (1) Cong(S) (1)
INL (1)
KC(J) (1) NSC (1)
JKC (1)
Madhya Pradesh 230 BJP 163 None 66 None BAP(1)
Maharashtra 288 SHS 104 NCP(AP) (41) 44 SS(UBT) (17) BVA(3) 14 2
NCP(12) AIMIM (2)
SHS (40) SP (2) RSPS (1)
CPI(M) (1) MNS (1)
PWPI (1) JSS (1)
Manipur 60 BJP 37 NPP (7) 5 JD(U) (1) KPA (2) 3
NPF (5)
Meghalaya 60 NPEP 2 NPP(28) 5 AITC (5) VPP (4) 2
UDP (12)
Mizoram 40 ZPM 2 None 1 None ZPM (27)
MNF (10)
Nagaland 60 NDPP 12 NDPP (25) None NPF (2) 5
NCP(AP) (7)
NPP (5)
LJP(RV) (2)
RPI(A) (2)
Odisha 147 BJD 22 None 8 CPI(M) (1) BJD (111) 4 1
Punjab 117 AAP 2 None 18 AAP (92) SAD (3) 1
BSP (1)
Rajasthan 200 BJP 115 IND (8) 70 RLD (1) BAP (3)
BSP (2)
RLP (1)
Sikkim 32 SKM 12 SKM(19) None SDF (1)
Tamil Nadu 234 DMK 4 PMK(5) 18 DMK (132) AIADMK(62) 1
AIADMK(O)(4) CPI(M) (2)
CPI (2)
Telangana 119 INC 8 None 64 CPI (1) BRS (39)
Tripura 60 BJP 32 IPFT (1) 3 CPI(M) (10) TMP (13) 1
Uttar Pradesh 403 BJP 252 AD(S) (13) 2 SP(109) JSD(L) (2) 3
SBSP (6)
NISHAD (6) RLD (9) BSP (1)
Uttarakhand 70 BJP 47 IND (2) 19 None BSP(1) 1
West Bengal 294 AITC 68 None 0 AITC(222) BGPM (1) 1 1
Delhi 70 AAP 8 None 0 AAP(62) None
Puducherry 33 AINRC 9 AINRC (10) 2 DMK (6) None
IND (6)
Jammu and Kashmir 90 President's Rule 90
Total 4126 1483 331 671 876 602 55 1 108

MLAs by party affiliation

Party MLAs
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 1483
2 Indian National Congress 671
3 All India Trinamool Congress 228
4 Aam Aadmi Party 160
5 YSR Congress Party 147
6 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 138
7 Samajwadi Party 112
8 Biju Janata Dal 111
9 Independent 84
10 Rashtriya Janata Dal 81
11 Communist Party of India (Marxist) 78
12 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 62
13 Nationalist Congress Party 49
14 Janata Dal (United) 46
15 National People's Party 44
16 Shiv Sena 40
17 Bharat Rashtra Samithi 39
18 Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 29
19 Zoram People's Movement 27
20 Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party 25
21 Communist Party of India 22
22 Janata Dal (Secular) 21
23 Sikkim Krantikari Morcha 19
24 Telugu Desam Party- 18
25 Shiv Sena 17
26 All India United Democratic Front 15
Indian Union Muslim League 15
28 Nationalist Congress Party 14
29 Apna Dal (Sonelal) 13
Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation 13
Tipra Motha Party 13
32 United Democratic Party 12
33 All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen 10
All India N.R. Congress 10
Jannayak Janta Party 10
Mizo National Front 10
Rashtriya Lok Dal 10
38 Asom Gana Parishad 8
39 Naga People's Front 7
United People's Party Liberal 7
41 NISHAD Party 6
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party 6
43 Bahujan Samaj Party 5
Kerala Congress (M) 5
Pattali Makkal Katchi 5
46 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 4
Bharat Adivasi Party 4
Hindustani Awam Morcha 4
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi 4
Voice of the People Party 4
51 All Jharkhand Students Union 3
Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi 3
Bodoland People's Front 3
Shiromani Akali Dal 3
55 Hill State People's Democratic Party 2
Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) 2
Kerala Congress 2
Kuki People's Alliance 2
Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) 2
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party 2
Prahar Janshakti Party 2
Republican Party of India (Athawale) 2
63 Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha 1
Congress (Secular) 1
Democratic Congress Kerala 1
Goa Forward Party 1
Gondwana Ganatantra Party 1
Haryana Lokhit Party 1
Indian National League 1
Indian National Lok Dal 1
Indian Secular Front 1
Indigenous People's Front of Tripura 1
Janadhipathya Kerala Congress 1
Jan Surajya Shakti 1
Kalyana Rajya Pragathi Paksha 1
Kerala Congress (B) 1
Kerala Congress (Jacob) 1
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena 1
National Secular Conference 1
Peasants and Workers Party of India 1
Raijor Dal 1
Rashtriya Samaj Paksha 1
Rashtriya Loktantrik Party 1
Revolutionary Goans Party 1
Revolutionary Marxist Party of India 1
Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha 1
Sikkim Democratic Front 1
Nominated 1
Vacant 108
Total 4127

See also

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