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May 23, 2024
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ECI recognises AAP as National Party, Derecognises CPI, TMC and NCP, while grants State Party status to LJP

RLD and RSP Lose State Party Status, VOPP and TIPRA Granted Recognition by ECI

NEW DELHI: In a series of decisions, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has made significant changes to the status of several political parties across different states in India. The move has been made ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections in various states.

The ECI has withdrawn the state party status of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) in West Bengal. The RLD had been recognised as a state party in Uttar Pradesh, but it failed to meet the criteria set by the ECI, leading to its derecognition. Similarly, the RSP had lost its support base in West Bengal and had failed to secure a certain percentage of votes in the last state elections, which led to its derecognition.

In Meghalaya, the Voice of the People Party (VOPP) has been granted recognition as a state party. The party had submitted all the necessary documents and fulfilled the required criteria to be recognised as a state party, leading to its recognition.

On the other hand, the ECI has withdrawn the national party status of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) due to its poor performance in the last two general elections. The NCP failed to secure the required number of seats in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to maintain its national party status.

In Nagaland, the Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) has been granted recognition as a state party, while the Tripura-based Tipra Motha Party has also been recognised as a state party.

However, the Bahujan Republican Socialist Party (BRS) in Andhra Pradesh has been derecognised as a state party due to its poor performance in the last state elections.

In a major decision, the ECI has recognised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a national party, citing its impressive performance in the last two state assembly elections in Delhi. At the same time, the ECI has derecognised the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) as national parties due to their poor performance in the last general elections.

These decisions are expected to have a significant impact on the upcoming state assembly elections and could lead to changes in the political landscape in different states. Political parties will need to work harder to maintain their status and win the support of the people.

The development comes after Karnataka High Court last week passed directions to Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar to pass an order before April 13 regarding the national party status of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The upcoming Karnataka polls will be AAP’s first election as a “national party”. The 224-member Karnataka Assembly will undergo polls on May 10, and the counting of the votes will be done on May 13.

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