The Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar, Bahujan Samajwadi Party of Mayawati and The Communist Party of India are facing a risk of losing its national status, after their poor performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
The Election commission of India had sent a notice to all these parties asking why their status should not bee withdrawn. If the national recognition is cancelled, The Bhartiya Janta Party, Indian National Congress and Communist party of India (Marxist) would be the only parties that would have the national recognition.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, NCP had won six seats while CPI one. Whereas, BSP could not even open the account, and hence, these parties may face trouble. The Election Commission had given the deadline of 27th of June to the parties that had failed to full fill the required criteria.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told dna: “Our recognition as the national party will continue to remain. We had received a notice from the election commission and we have replied to it.” To give a national recognition to political parties, the Election Commission has set a criteria, and according to that a ‘national party’ needs to contest from four states and get at least six percent votes. or from at least three states it should have two per cent of total seats in the Lok Sabha. Or it should be a party functioning in four states.
Malik further added: “While the hearing, we will put forth our version before the commission. Currently, we have our MP’s in three states, MLA’s in six states and representatives in eight states.” According to the criteria, if the national party loses its recognition as the national party, that party cannot contest the election on the same symbol, across the country.
First published on dnaindia.com