TMC, NCP, CPI likely to lose National Party status? Here’s why!


The Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and Communist Party of India face the possibility of losing their national party status following their presentation in the lately held Lok Sabha elections. The Election Commission is probably going to issue them a show-cause notice in the coming days, asking them for what valid reason their national party status ought not to be disavowed.

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The Communist Party of India, Bahujan Samaj Party and Nationalist Congress Party were confronting the possibilities of losing their national party status after their troubling exhibition in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections too.

Be that as it may, they had got a relief when in 2016 the EC changed its principles, whereby national and state party status of political parties will be checked every ten years rather than five. Notably, a political party is recognized as a national political party only if

1. A party wins 2% of seats in the Lok Sabha from at least three different states or,

2. At a general election to Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly, the party polls 6% of votes in any four or more states and in addition, it wins four Lok Sabha seats or,

3. A party gets recognition as a state party in four states.

The NCP, TMC, and CPI have failed to fulfill these conditions in the recent elections. So it has become significant for the Election Commission to review their status and decide whether they will retain their status or be reduced to a state party only.