The Election Commission on Thursday, issued a show cause notice to the Nationalist Congress Party, the Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India. There is a probability of losing their party status after their performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
Sources said, in the notice, the Commission asked them to explain why their national party status should not be revoked. They have to respond to the notice by August 5. In the previous Lok Sabha polls in 2014, the NCP had won six seats but this year it could bag five. Their performance was not well in the Maharashtra assembly elections also.
In 2014 LS polls, the Trinamool Congress achieved 34 seats while this time the number decreased to 22. The Communist Party of India had achieved two in 2014 and in this election, it gained only one. However, its performance in West Bengal and other states in assembly polls was not well.
After their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the CPI, the BSP, and the NCP were facing protests that they may lose their national party status. In 2016, after the Election Commission revised its rules that it will review the status of national and state parties by every 10 years instead of five, brought relief to them.
Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is not having any possibility of losing its national party status now which achieved 10 Lok Sabha and some assembly seats. According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognized as a national party if its candidates secure at least six percent of votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections, and, in addition, it has at least four members in the Lok Sabha. TMC, BJP, BSP, CPI, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress (INC), NCP and National People’s Party of Meghalaya have national party status so far.