No of Par­ties Up Over 30 Times Since 1952

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

NEW DELHI: The num­ber of reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties in this year’s Lok Sabha polls has surged to a record 1,687, an in­crease of over 30 times since the first elec­tions were fought af­ter In­de­pen­dence. Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, only 53 par­ties had con­tested in 1952 while the fig­ure stood at 363 dur­ing the 2009 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. The sharp rise from 363 to 1,687 can be at­trib­uted to emer­gence and suc­cess of new­bie Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi as­sem­bly elec­tions held last year. In the first Lok Sabha polls, out of 53 par­ties, 14 were na­tional and 39 re­gional.

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