11 Apr 2023

National Party Status: AAP Jubilant, Kejriwal To Address Nation Today, What CPI, TMC Said On Withdrawal Of Tag

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal said on AAP getting the status of a national party, that becoming a national party in such a short time is no less than a miracle.

Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi: National party in such a short time? This is nothing less than a miracle. Many many congratulations to all. Crores of people of the country have taken us here. People expect a lot from us. Today people have given us this huge responsibility. O Lord, bless us to fulfill this responsibility well. Kejriwal will address the nation today. He will also meet party workers and supporters.

Earlier, the Election Commission said that AAP has been designated as a national party on the basis of its electoral performance in the four states of Delhi, Goa, Punjab and Gujarat.

Status of TMC, NCP downgraded to regional parties

In a major blow to Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool, the Election Commission has downgraded their status to regional parties. The CPI was also given the status of a regional party.

According to the rules, for a political party to be recognized as a national party, it should be a recognized state party in four or more states (or) have 2 percent seats in the Lok Sabha.

The Election Commission said that NCP and Trinamool Congress will be recognized as state parties in Nagaland and Meghalaya respectively based on their performance in the recently concluded assembly elections.

CPI's recognition is in hearts of toiling masses: CPI

“National recognition is of course important from a technical point of view. CPI's recognition is in the hearts of the toiling masses. It is built up with the blood, sweat and tears of the fighting people. The party will intensify its battle for democracy, secularism and socialism," said CPI National Secretary Binoy Biswam.

TMC exploring legal options to challenge EC decision

Meanwhile the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is now exploring legal options to challenge the EC decision after its national party status was withdrawn.

The EC also withdrew the state party status of Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh and Revolutionary Socialist Party was derecognised in West Bengal.

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