As per the party’s request, the symbol ‘book’ has been allotted to it, Kumar said. NPP chief and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma took to twitter to announce the news.
“Glad to announce to our party supporters, well wishers and members of the party that #ElectionCommissionOfIndia has accorded “National Party” Status to National People’s Party @nppmeghalaya Thank you #Northeast for all your support. #BefittingTributeToPASangma #NPPForNortheast,” Conrad tweeted.
“It is a very nostalgic moment for all of us that the party founded by Late Purno Agitok Sangma has achieved its due recognition. It is not just an achievement for NPP but for the people of #Northeast for their overwhelming support and trust bestowed on the party,” he added.
Although the NPP had its base in Manipur, former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma expanded it when he took over in January 2013.
According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognised as a national party if its candidates secure at least six per cent of votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections, and, in addition, it has at least four members in the Lok Sabha.
It also has to have at least two per cent of the total Lok Sabha seats and its candidates come from not less than three states. Third, it is recognised as a state party in at least four states.
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