With the Election Commission taking strong action against these parties not fulfilling the minimum qualification standards for getting recognition as”national” or”State” parties, the number of national parties in the country has come down to six. The entire number of State parties is 52 and enrolled unrecognized parties, 1112.
Now, the six recognized national parties would be the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (CPI), the CPI (M), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Nationalist Congress Party.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which was previously considered a national celebration, will henceforth be only a recognized State level party in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Manipur. Its popularity in Nagaland has been pulled because of its poor performance in the 2008 Assembly election.
Forgetting national party standing, a political party should have recognition in at least four States.

Together with the Election Commission taking strong actions against those parties not fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria for getting fame as œnational or even œState parties, the amount of federal parties in the country has come down to six. The total number of State parties is 52 and enrolled unrecognized parties, 1112. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that was previously considered a national celebration would henceforth be only a recognized State level celebration in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Manipur. Its popularity in Nagaland has been pulled because of its poor performance in the 2008 Meeting election.

Forgetting national party standing, a political party ought to have fame in at least four States. In the same way, in Puducherry, there’ll be only three State parties” the DMK, the AIADMK and the Puducherry Munnetra Congress” since the PMK was derecognized. In Tamil Nadu, there’ll be only three State parties — that the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Pattali Makkal Katchi PMK — since the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam lost its recognition because of the poor show in last year’s Lok Sabha poll. In the same way, in Puducherry, there’ll be only three State parties — the DMK, the AIADMK, and the Puducherry Munnetra Congress — since the PMK has been derecognised.

Though the party headed by actor-politician Vijayakant at Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), has been at the political arena for quite some time now, it is still considered just as a registered unrecognized celebration.

A”State party” is entitled to an exclusive allotment of its booked emblem to its candidates in the States where it is recognized, and also a candidate of a”nationwide Party” can use the reserved symbol throughout India. After winning two consecutive Assembly polls in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee today added yet another feather to her cap with her Trinamool Congress being extended the’national celebration ‘ standing by the Election Commission. Sources from the survey panel, quoting an order, said Trinamool Congress had satisfied one of the conditions mentioned in the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 to be recognized as a national party – being recognized as a state party in at least four states.

Currently, India includes seven recognized national parties – Congress, BJP, BSP, CPI, CPI-M, NCP and India Trinamool Congress. Recognition as a federal or a state party ensures that another political entity does not employ the election symbol of the party in polls across India. Other registered but unrecognized political parties need to select from a pool of”free symbols” announced by the commission from time to time. Besides, these celebrations get buildings or land from the authorities to set up their party offices. They can have up to 40’star campaigners’ through electioneering. Others can have around 20’star campaigners’.