New Delhi: Lalu Prasad`s Rashtriya Janata
Dal(RJD) has been derecognised as a national party by the
Election Commission, a decision that comes ahead of the
assembly polls in Bihar.
Five other parties also lost their recognition as a
EC sources said today that while the parties may retain
their symbol, they would lose facilities like utilising public
broadcaster like All India Radio and Doordarshan for poll-eve
broadcasts and free copies of electoral rolls.
The RJD which is a recognised party in Bihar, Jharkhand,
Manipur and Nagaland lost its national party recognition
following its poor showing in Jharkhand where the party has
been derecognised, the sources said.
To get the national party status, a party should be
recognised as a state party in at least four states.
Vaiko-led MDMK is among the five parties which lost its
state party recognition in Tamil Nadu where assembly polls are
due by May next year.
The Election Commission also withdrew recognition to
Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Pattali Makkal Katchi
(PMK) and Arunachal Congress in some states following their
poor poll performance.
The Arunachal Congress lost its state party status in
Arunachal Pradesh, PMK in Puducherry and Samajwadi Party in
Uttaranchal and Madhya Pradesh. JD(U), a recognised party
in Bihar and Jharkhand, lost its recognition in Jharkhand.
However, PMK will continue to be accorded the state
party status in Tamil Nadu and Samajwadi Party a similar
privilege in Uttar Pradesh.
Trinamool Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM),
which were also served notices earlier, sought more time to
present their case, EC sources said.
The Commission had earlier issued notices to these seven
parties asking them to explain why their recognition in some
states should not be withdrawn as they failed to fulfil EC`s
conditions for being declared as a State Party.
The notices were served based on their performance in
polls to Lok Sabha or State Legislative Assemblies since last
The EC conditions for getting recognition include that
the total number of valid votes polled by all the candidates
of a party at the last Lok Sabha or assembly election should
not be less than six per cent of the total votes polled.