‘Na­tional party’ sta­tus of NCP, TMC & CPI stays

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - [email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: Sharad Pawar-led Na­tion­al­ist Con­gress Party (NCP) will be able to con­test the Ma­ha­rash­tra assem­bly elec­tions, likely to be an­nounced soon along with polls in Haryana and Jhark­hand, as a ‘na­tional party’. Sources said the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, which heard NCP, TMC and CPI last week on why their sta­tus as na­tional party should not be with­drawn based on their per­for­mance in the re­cent gen­eral elec­tions, is likely to con­tinue fur­ther hear­ing in the case only after the up­com­ing state polls.

This also means that TMC and CPI, fac­ing the prospect of los­ing their na­tional party sta­tus as they no longer ful­fil the cri­te­ria for na­tional recog­ni­tion, shall also get a breather. “While EC granted a per­sonal hear­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the three par­ties, there are some loose ends, re­quir­ing fur­ther hear­ing. The date for the same has not been de­cided,” said a com­mis­sion func­tionary. How­ever, TOI has learnt from EC sources that with polls to Ma­ha­rash­tra, Jhark­hand and Haryana ex­pected to be de­clared any day now, the com­mis­sion may opt for sta­tus quo un­til the elec­tions are over.

“Any fur­ther hear­ing in the mat­ter may be taken up only after the assem­bly elec­tions,” said an of­fi­cial.

For NCP, re­ten­tion of ‘na­tional party’ sta­tus dur­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra polls means it can set up 40 star cam­paign­ers. The ex­pen­di­ture in­curred on travel, in­clud­ing by air, and other ex­penses of star cam­paign­ers is borne by the party and not in­cluded in the elec­tion ex­pen­di­ture of the can­di­date.

Na­tional par­ties also get a time slot on state-owned elec­tronic me­dia for cam­paign­ing.

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