Election Commission of India : NCP, TMC, CPI lose status, AAP gets national party status

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Pune : In a significant development, the Election Commission of India (ECI) removed the national party status of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), and Communist Party of India (CPI), respectively, on Monday.

The ECI’s decision comes in the wake of the Karnataka High Court’s directive to the ECI to make rulings on the national party status of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by April 13th, as per a recent court order.

The ECI had issued show-cause notices to the NCP, AITC, and CPI in July 2019, seeking an explanation for their performance in the Lok Sabha elections that year, and why their national party status should not be revoked.

According to a report submitted by the ECI, the NCP lost its national party status as it had only 16 percent dominance in Maharashtra, with 54 out of 288 seats, and a lower performance percentage in other states.

This decision by the ECI is expected to have far-reaching implications for the NCP, AITC, and CPI, as it could reshape the political landscape in the respective states and at the national level.