AAP National Party: ‘AAP’ will get national party status; How is the process for a national party, what is the benefit to the party? find out

AAP National Party Status:  After the result of Gujarat assembly elections, along with the victory of BJP, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also been discussed. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which was formed almost 10 years ago, will now get the status of a national party. Arvind Kejriwal played a prominent role in the 2011 anti-corruption movement led by veteran social worker Anna Hajare. After that, he formed his own party. During this 10-year period, ‘AAP’ won the Delhi Assembly elections twice and achieved significant results in other states. 

How will ‘AAP’ become a national party?

To get national party status political parties must have 2 percent of the Lok Sabha seats in at least three states, i.e. 11 Lok Sabha seats. However, the Aam Aadmi Party does not have a single MP in the Lok Sabha. Similarly, this party has three MPs in the Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and former cricketer Harbhajan Singh represent AAP in the Rajya Sabha.  

AAP can get the status of a national party without having a single MP in the Lok Sabha. According to the criteria, a political party can get the status of a national party if it is recognized as a regional party in four states. In order to get the status of regional party, state level party, it is necessary to win at least six percent of the votes or two seats in the state assembly elections. If less than six percent of the votes, at least three members must win the assembly elections.

According to this criterion, the Aam Aadmi Party seems to be on its way to attaining the status of a national party. We have government in Delhi and Punjab. So, in the Goa assembly elections, it got 6 percent votes. So, Gujarat got 12.92 percent. 

What are the benefits of getting national party status?

Some things become beneficial for political parties after getting national party status. You will also benefit from this. 

> After getting the status of a national party, the election symbol of the Aam Aadmi Party will remain the broom throughout the country. Others may not claim this election symbol. 

> ‘AAP’ can now deploy more than 40 star campaigners in  election campaigns. The expenses of these campaigners will be paid from the party account and not from the expenses for the candidates. 

> During the general election period, there will be time for the party to campaign on Doordarshan and All India Radio. 

> When a national party is declared, government land is available at discounted rate to build the party headquarters. 

> Only one proposer is required to file a nomination from a recognized state or national party.

Which political parties currently have national party status

Currently 8 political parties have the status of national party in the country. These include Congress, BJP, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of Marxism (CPIM), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress, NCP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). 

Trinamool Congress has enough Lok Sabha MPs. However, these MPs are from West Bengal. NCP also does not fulfill the criteria of a national party. The political strength of the CPI has also declined. So, BSP is also not performing effectively in the last few elections. CPIM is also in power in Kerala. So, there is an opposition party in Tripura. There has been a big shock in the elections in West Bengal. Apart from that, other states have one or two MLAs. So these political parties may lose the status of a national party. 

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