The Election Commission on Wednesday said it is looking into the issue of according the national status to the Aam Aadmi Party.
“It is under review… We will soon come back to you,” Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar told a press conference when asked about the issue.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party’s success in last year’s elections made it possible for the Election Commission to recognise it as a national party.
According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) order of 1968, a political party must be recognised as a state party in four states and have a minimum of two members in each state’s legislative assemblies to qualify as a national party.
Moreover, a political group must win two seats and receive a minimum of 6% of the state’s votes in order to be eligible to be recognised as the state party. Further requirements must be met in order to qualify as a national party.
Gujarat, Goa, Delhi, and Punjab have all recognised the AAP as a state party. In Punjab, where there are 117 assembly seats, the AAP swept to power in last year’s state Assembly elections, gaining 92 of them. In any case, the state had already recognised it as a state party.
It won two seats in Goa and received a 6.77 per cent vote share overall, earning it registered as a state party in the coastal state. The AAP gained five seats and a total vote share of 13% in the Gujarat Assembly elections by the end of 2022, which was enough for the AAP to be recognised as the state party. This gave the AAP’s national ambitions wings.
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