CPI, CPM lost 'National Party Status'

CPI, CPM lost 'National Party Status'

Following a dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India had served notices to Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of Marxist (CPM) on their status as 'National Party.' The EC wanted a clear cut explanation from the both the parties and planned to decide the status based on it.

On Friday, the EC reportedly announced that both CPI and CPM have lost the badge of 'National Party Status' and a circular is released in the same regards. Along with the communist parties, EC has also served notices to Trinamool Congress (TMC), Nationalistic Congress party (NCP). Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was supposed to lose the status as well. But in the recent elections they have won 10 MP seats and so it is in safer side.

Coming to the case of TMC, the party appealed to the Election Commission that it's status should be continued till 2024 elections. The EC is yet to take a call on this. NCP's status too is in the hanging but the poll panel may not take any decision immediately.

National and state party status of political parties will be reviewed every five by the Election Commission. As per the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party will get national status if its candidates secure at least 6% of votes in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections.