The Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) has been de-recognised as a state party in Andhra Pradesh by the Election Commission. The secretariat of the election commission released a notification stating that BRS’s status as a state party in Andhra Pradesh has been withdrawn. As a result, the party will now only be recognised as a state-recognised political party in the state of Telangana.
In addition, the Election Commission recognised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a national party and withdrew the national party status of the All India Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Communist Party of India (CPI). The Commission also revoked the state party status granted to RLD in Uttar Pradesh, BRS in Andhra Pradesh, PDA in Manipur, PMK in Puducherry, RSP in West Bengal, and MPC in Mizoram.
The AAP was named as a national party based on its electoral performance in four states – Delhi, Goa, Punjab, and Gujarat. The Commission’s decision means that the AAP now has the same status as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
These changes have significant implications for political parties in India. The loss of national party status means that parties will no longer receive certain privileges, such as reserved election symbols and access to free airtime on state-run broadcasters.
In conclusion, the Election Commission’s decision to de-recognise BRS as a state party in Andhra Pradesh and grant national party status to AAP while withdrawing it from TMC, NCP, and CPI will have an impact on the political landscape of India.