Are Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar, the CPI and the Trinamool Congress Party of Mamta Banerjee set to lose their national status? It appears so as the Central Election Commission has served a notice to these parties to explain why they should not be stripped off the national status.
A part is deemed to be a national party if it get at last six per cent votes from four states and win 2 per cent of the Lok Sabha seats from at least three states. Or they should be recorded as state parties in at least four states. These parties have been asked to explain before August 5.
A party losing its national status would not be able to have common electoral symbol across the country. It can have a common symbol only in the state where it is a state party. If these parties are disqualified, then there would be only five national parties in the country. They are – BJP, Congress, National People’s Party of the North East, the CPM and the BSP.