National People’s Party (NPP) is likely to be granted national party status by the Election Commission of India (ECI) this week.
Sources said that the NPP has fulfilled the required criteria to qualify as a national party after winning five seats in the recently held Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.
The ECI is likely to announce the granting of national party status this week. According to sources, the NPP had applied for the national party status and it will be the first political party from the Northeast to get the status.
The NPP was founded by former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangam in January 2013 and presently is a partner in the ruling NDA in the Centre. The veteran Garo leader and the tallest parliamentarian from northeast had floated the party after his expulsion from the National Congress Party (NCP).
The NPP had contested the assembly election in Rajasthan in December 2013 immediately after its birth under the leadership of Kirodi Lal Meena and had won four seats.
NPP is the single largest political party in Meghalaya and has 21 members in the 60-member house. The part has four MLAs in Manipur and Y. Joykumar Singh is the Deputy Chief Minister of the state and it is also recognized as a state party in Nagaland.
The ECI report states that a party is eligible to get the national party status if it is recognized as state party in at least four states. At present, there are seven national parties in India and it is the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal which has been recognized as the seventh national party in India in September 2016.
Recognition as a national party ensures that the election symbol of that party is not used by any other political entity across India. The party’s election symbol is the book. Besides, the national parties are allocated land or buildings from the government to set up their party offices in New Delhi.