National Party Status: In a setback to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the Election Commission has revoked the party's national party status ahead of the 2024 General Election.
This move is a significant blow to Banerjee's efforts to expand her party's reach at the national level and claim a significant share in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
Despite this setback, the Trinamool Congress is not giving up hope and is exploring legal options to challenge the Election Commission's decision.
On Monday, the national party status of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Communist Party of India (CPI) was withdrawn by the Election Commission.
Mamata Banerjee formed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on January 1, 1998, after leaving the Indian National Congress to start her own political party.
Despite two unsuccessful attempts in 2001 and 2006, the party finally rose to power in 2011 by defeating the Left Front, fueled by widespread public anger against the communists.
In recent times, the TMC has made efforts to expand its influence throughout the nation and position itself as a formidable opponent to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, these efforts have not been very successful.
On Monday i.e. April 10, the Election Commission granted national party status to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The party, which originated from the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2012, is presently in power in two states, Delhi and Punjab.
According to the Election Commission, the AAP's national party status was granted based on its performance in four states, namely Delhi, Goa, Punjab, and Gujarat.
Following the announcement by the Election Commission, Arvind Kejriwal, the national convenor of AAP and Chief Minister of Delhi, expressed his joy on Twitter and congratulated everyone on the "miracle."