Four parties risk losing national status

WITH the BJP registering a thumping win, four parties — the CPM, CPI, NCP and BSP — could face the risk of losing their status as national parties, bringing down the number of national parties from six to just two. The other two national parties are the BJP and Congress.

According to the rules, a political party is eligible to be a national party if it secures at least six per cent of the total votes polled in four states and wins four seats in the Lok Sabha election or if it wins at least two per cent of the total seats in the Lok Sabha (11) from not less than three states.

These four national parties, however, do not fulfill any of these two criteria this time.

However, one more criteria to be a national political party — being recognised as a state party in at least four states — could come to their rescue. Sources in EC said if party fails to fulfil conditions of being a national party, it is given an opportunity to make a representation as to why the status should not be withdrawn, following which a final decision is taken.