New Delhi: Very soon the Indian Election Commission can give the status of a national party to the Aam Aadmi Party. By winning about 13 percent vote share and 5 of its MLAs in Gujarat, AAP has fulfilled the prerequisites to become a national party. If a party has the status of a regional party in 4 states, then it gets the status of a national party. If a party wins 3 percent of the Lok Sabha seats by combining 3 states, then it gets the status of a national party. If a party gets 6 percent or more votes in 4 states in Lok Sabha elections or assembly elections in addition to 4 Lok Sabha seats, then it is considered a national party. If any party fulfills any one of these three conditions, then it gets the status of a national party.
There is Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab and Delhi. In the Goa assembly elections, AAP secured 6.8 percent votes and also won 2 seats. After this AAP has become a recognized regional party in Goa. Now in Gujarat too, Arvind Kejriwal’s party has achieved the status of a regional party on the basis of its performance. In this way, by becoming a recognized regional party in 4 states, AAP will attain the status of a national party. On Aam Aadmi Party’s application for national party status, the Election Commission will grant it recognition after scrutinizing and reviewing AAP on the criteria necessary for it.
After getting the status of national political party, Aam Aadmi Party will be able to get these benefits
The election symbol of the Aam Aadmi Party, the broom, will become permanent. Now AAP will have only one election symbol in the whole country. This broom symbol of the party will be reserved for him. No other party’s candidate will be able to contest election on this symbol. After getting the status of the national party, the candidates of Aam Aadmi Party will now be able to appear higher in the list of ballot/EVM candidates. Aam Aadmi Party will be able to get an office in the capital of the country. Till now the Aam Aadmi Party had to spend some money to get the voter list, but now it will get the right to get the voter list in every state for free.
At the national level, now the Aam Aadmi Party will be able to include more than 20 star campaigners in its list. This number will increase to 40 now. After getting the status of a national party, the Aam Aadmi Party will now be able to get time on Doordarshan and All India Radio to address the common people in the national level elections. The president of a party with national status is eligible to get a government accommodation. Now only one proposer will be required in the nomination paper of the party which has got national status. Aam Aadmi Party will also be invited in every meeting of political parties called by the Election Commission.
Tags: aam aadmi party, AAP, Central Election Commission
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 10, 2022, 12:49 IST