No of Parties Up Over 30 Times Since 1952
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.