Trinamool Congress Vice President Mukul Roy said the party is likely to get a National party status very soon. Roy informed he has got an unofficial confirmation from the Election Commission.
According to the new rules of the Election Commission. A political party has to either win 2% seats in the Lok Sabha from at least three different States in the latest general election, or has to win 6% of the total valid votes in at least four states in a Lok Sabha or Assembly election. In addition to winning four Lok Sabha seats. It can also be given a national party status if it has been recognised as a State party in at least four states. Besides, the Election Commission has decided to review the status of political parties every 10 years instead of the five from now on.
Trinamool Congress in Northeast
Apart from West Bengal, where TMC has formed the government twice. Trinamool Congress has presence in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. In Tripura it has emerged as main opposition party of ruling CPI (M). Subsequently Mamata Banerjee recently addressed a rally in Agartala. She also raised CPI (M) quit slogan in Tripura.
‘Since landslide victory in West Bengal, Banerjee and Mukul Roy is continuously working to expand TMC in Northeast.’ Tripura TMC leader Sudip Roy Barman said.
Tripura and the Northeast hold a key to TMC’s pan-India political ambition with an eye on Lok Sabha polls where TMC wants to play a vital role. ‘We are already the main Opposition party in Tripura. If we manage to win Tripura it will be an added advantage in 2019.’ Barman added.
Furthermore, if TMC is awarded the status. It will be the 7th in India. Presently BJP, INC, BHP, NCP, CPI, CPI (Marxist) are the national political parties of India.