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List of political parties in India

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India has a multi-party system with recognition accorded to national and state and district level parties. The status is reviewed periodically by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Other political parties that wish to contest local, state or national elections are required to be registered by the Election Commission of India. Registered parties are upgraded as recognised national or state level parties based upon objective criteria. A recognised party enjoys privileges like a reserved party symbol,[A] free broadcast time on state run television and radio, a consultation in setting of election dates and giving input in setting electoral rules and regulations.[1]

This listing is according to the 2019 Indian general election and Legislative Assembly elections and any party aspiring to state or national party status must fulfil at least one of the concerned criteria. In addition, national and state parties have to fulfill these conditions for all subsequent Lok Sabha or State elections, or else they lose their status.[1] As per latest publication from Election Commission of India, the total number of parties registered was 2599, with 8 national parties (INC,BJP,BSP,CPI,CPI-M,NCP,AITC,NPP), 53 state parties and 2538 unrecognised parties.[2][3][4][5]

All registered parties contesting elections need to choose a symbol from a list of available symbols offered by the EC. All 28 states of the country along with the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Puducherry have elected governments unless President's rule is imposed under certain conditions.

National parties

A registered party is recognised as a national party only if it fulfils any one of the following three conditions:[6]
  1. A party should win 2% of seats in the Lok sabha from at least three different states.[7]
  2. At a general election to Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly, the party polls 6% of votes in any four or more states and in addition it wins four Lok Sabha seats.
  3. A party gets recognition as a state party in four states.
Eight recognised national parties[2][4]


Name Abbreviation Foundation
Political Position Founder(s) Party Supremo [D] Party symbol Headquarters
1 All India Trinamool Congress[E] AITC 1998 Centre-left
All India Trinamool Congress symbol.svg
30B, Harish Chatterjee Street, Kolkata-700026 (Kolkata)
2 Bahujan Samaj Party BSP 1984 Centre-left
12, Gurdwara Rakabganj Road, New Delhi-110001 (Delhi)
3 Bharatiya Janata Party BJP 1980 Right-wing BJP Election Symbol.svg 6-A, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi-110002 (Delhi)
4 Communist Party of India CPI 1925 Left-wing Indian Election Symbol Ears of Corn and Sickle.png Ajoy Bhavan, 15, Indrajit Gupta Marg, New Delhi-110002, (Delhi)
5 Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) 1964 Left to Far-left Indian Election Symbol Hammer Sickle and Star.png 27-29, A. K. Gopalan Bhavan, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi-110001 (Delhi)
6 Indian National Congress INC 1885 Centre to Centre-left Hand INC.svg 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi-110001 (Delhi)
7 Nationalist Congress Party NCP 1999 Centre to Centre-left Nationalist Congress Party Election Symbol.png 10, Bishambhar Marg, New Delhi-110001 (Delhi)
8 National People's Party[E] NPP 2013 Centre to Centre-right Indian Election Symbol Book.svg M.G. Avenue, Floor, MDU Building, Imphal- 795001 (Manipur)

State parties

A party has to fulfill any of the following conditions for recognition as a state party:
  1. A party should secure atleast 6% of valid votes polled and win atleast 2 seats in a state assembly and 1 seat in Lok Sabha general election
  2. A party should win minimum three percent of the total number of seats or a minimum of three seats in the Legislative Assembly.
  3. A party should win at least one seat in the Lok Sabha for every 25 seats or any fraction thereof allotted to that State.
  4. Under the liberalised criteria, one more clause that it will be eligible for recognition as state party if it secures 8% or more of the total valid votes polled in the state.[8]
52 recognised state parties[2][4][5]


Name Abbreviation Foundation
Current leader(s) Recognised in State/Union Territory Symbol Headquarters
1 Aam Aadmi Party AAP 2012 AAP Symbol.png
2 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK 1972 AIADMK Two Leaves.png
3 All India Forward Bloc AIFB 1939 Indian Election Symbol Lion.png
4 All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen AIMIM 1927 Indian Election Symbol Kite.svg
5 All India N.R. Congress AINRC 2011 Indian Election Symbol Jug.svg
6 All India United Democratic Front AIUDF 2004 Indian Election Symbol Lock And Key.svg No.3 Friends Path, Hatigaon, Guwahati-781038 (Assam)
7 All Jharkhand Students Union AJSU 1986 Indian Election Symbol Banana.svg
8 Asom Gana Parishad AGP 1985 Indian Election Symbol Elephant.png Head Office :- Gopinath Bordoloi Road, Guwahati- 781001 (Assam)
9 Biju Janata Dal BJD 1997 Indian Election Symbol Conch.svg
10 Bodoland People's Front BPF 1985 Indian Election Symbol Nangol.svg Head Office Kokrajhar, B.T.C., P.O.-Kokrajhar, Distt.Kokrajhar-783370 (Assam)
11 Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam DMDK 2005 Indian Election Symbol Nagara.svg
12 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam DMK 1949 Indian Election Symbol Rising Sun.png
13 Goa Forward Party GFP 2016 Indian election symbol Coconut.svg
14 Hill State People's Democratic Party HSPDP 1968 Indian Election Symbol Lion.png
15 Indian National Lok Dal INLD 1999 Indian Election Symbol Spectacles.png
16 Indian Union Muslim League IUML 1948 Indian Election Symbol Lader.png
17 Indigenous People's Front of Tripura IPFT 2009 Indian Election symbol Dao.svg
18 Jammu & Kashmir National Conference JKNC 1932 Indian Election Symbol Plough.png
19 Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party JKNPP 1982 Indian Election Symbol Cycle.png
20 Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party JKPDP 1998 Indian Election Symbol Ink Pot and Pen.png
21 Janta Congress Chhattisgarh JCC 2016 Farmer Ploughing (within square farm) Shri Balaji Complex, Near Gandhi Maidan, Khamtarai, Raipur - 492001 (Chattisgarh)
22 Janata Dal (Secular) JD(S) 1999 Indian Election Symbol Lady Farmer.png 5, Safdurjung Lane, New Delhi -110003 (Delhi)
23 Janata Dal (United) JD(U) 1999 Indian Election Symbol Arrow.png 7, Jantar Mantar Road, New Delhi -110001 (Delhi)
24 Jannayak Janta Party JJP 2018 Indian election symbol Key.svg S.C.O. 20, Second Floor, Distric Commercial Centre, Huda Market Sector-56, Gurugram - 122001 (Haryana)
25 Jharkhand Mukti Morcha JMM 1972 Indian Election Symbol Bow And Arrow.png
26 Kerala Congress (M) KC(M) 1979 Indian election symbol two leaves.svg
27 Lok Janshakti Party LJP 2000 Indian Election Symbol Bungalow.png 12, Janpath, New Delhi – 110 011 (Delhi)
28 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MNS 2006 Indian Election Symbol Railway Engine.png
29 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MGP 1963 Indian Election Symbol Lion.png
30 Mizo National Front MNF 1959 Election Symbol Star.svg
31 Mizoram People's Conference MPC 1972 Bulb Election Symbol.svg
32 Naga People's Front NPF 2002 Rooster
33 Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party NDPP 2018 Globe
34 Pattali Makkal Katchi PMK 1989 Indian Election Symbol Mango.png
35 People's Democratic Alliance PDA 2012 Crown
36 People's Democratic Front PDF 2017
  • P. N. Syiem
37 People's Party of Arunachal PPA 1987 Indian Election Symbol Maize.svg K. Ringu Complex, G-Extension Road, Naharlagun-791110 (Arunachal Pradesh).
38 Rashtriya Janata Dal RJD 1997 Indian Election Symbol Hurricane Lamp.png 13, V.P. House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi -110001 (Delhi)
39 Rashtriya Lok Dal RLD 1998 Indian Election Symbol Hand Pump.png
40 Rashtriya Lok Samta Party RLSP 2013 Indian Election Symbol Ceiling Fan.svg Mouza – Dhkkanpura, Mohalla – Mohanpur Punaichak (Near Hartali Morh), Boring Kainal Road, Patna – 1 (Bihar)
41 Rashtriya Loktantrik Party RLP 2018 Bottle Plot No. 26-27, Out of Khasra No.170/151, Teja Colony, Near Sheetla Mata Temple, Manasar, District Nagaur - 341001 (Rajasthan)
42 Revolutionary Socialist Party RSP 1940 Indian Election Symbol Spade and Stoker.png
43 Samajwadi Party SP 1992 Indian Election Symbol Cycle.png
44 Shiromani Akali Dal SAD 1920 Indian Election Symbol Scale.png
45 Shiv Sena SS 1966 Indian Election Symbol Bow And Arrow.png
46 Sikkim Democratic Front SDF 1993 Indian Election Symbol Umberlla.png
47 Sikkim Krantikari Morcha SKM 2013 Table lamp
48 Telangana Rashtra Samithi TRS 2001 Car.svg House No. 8-2-220/110/1/3, Road No. 14, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
49 Telugu Desam Party TDP 1982 Indian Election Symbol Cycle.png Telugu Desam Party Office, N.T.R. Bhavan, Road No.2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500033. (Andhra Pradesh).
50 United Democratic Party UDP 1972 Indian Election Symbol Drums.png
51 YSR Congress Party YSRCP 2011 Indian Election Symbol Ceiling Fan.svg H.No.8-2-269/S/98, Sagar Society, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad- 34 (Andhra Pradesh)
52 Zoram Nationalist Party ZNP 1997 Indian Election Symbol Sun without Rays.png

Unrecognised parties

Unrecognised registered notable parties [C][2][3][4][5]
Name Abbreviation Foundation
Current leader(s) States/UT
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam AMMK 2018 T. T. V. Dhinakaran
Hindustani Awam Morcha[9] HAM 2015 Jitan Ram Manjhi
People's Democratic Front PDF 2001 Ajoy Biswas
Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik[10] JAP 2015 Pappu Yadav
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party SBSP 2002 Om Prakash Rajbhar
Jan Shakti Party of India[11] JSPI 2015 Gurjeet Singh Azad
Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi IJK 2010 T.R. Pachamuthu
Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party JKAP 2020 Altaf Bukhari
Jana Sena Party JSP 2014 Pawan Kalyan
Kerala Congress (Jacob) KC(J) 1991 Anoop Jacob
Kerala Congress (B) KC(B) 1989 R. Balakrishna Pillai
Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi KMDK 2013 E. R. Eswaran
Kongunadu Makkal Katchi KMK 2000 A.M. Raja
Lok Satta Party LSP 2006 Jaya Prakash Narayana
Manipur Peoples Party MPP 1968 Sovakiran N. Manipur
Amra Bangali AMB 1983 Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Makkal Needhi Maiam MNM 2018 Kamal Haasan
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi MMK 2009 M. H. Jawahirullah
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MDMK 1992 Vaiko
Odisha Janmorcha OJM 2013 Pyarimohan Mohapatra
Param Digvijay Dal PDD 2014 Adhyatmik Neta Krishna Mohan Shankar Yogi
Peace Party of India PPI 2008 Mohamed Ayub
Puthiya Tamilagam PTK 1996 K. Krishnasamy
Rashtriya Samaj Paksha RSP 2003 Mahadev Jankar
Rashtriya Ulama Council RUC 2008 Aamir Rashadi Madni
Social Democratic Party of India SDPI 2009 M. K. Faizy
Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaingar Peravai KIP 2001 U. Thaniyarasu
Tamil Maanila Congress(M) TMC(M) 1996 G. K. Vasan
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal UKD 1979 Kashi Singh Airy
Bharatiya Minorities Suraksha Mahasangh BMSM 1983 Sundar Shaekhar
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi VBA 2018 Prakash Ambedkar
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi VCK 1972 Thol. Thirumavalavan
Welfare Party of India WPI 2011 S. Q. R. Ilyas
Hindu Sena HS 2011 Vishnu Gupta
Gorkha National Liberation Front GNLF 1980 Subhash Ghisingh
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha GJM 2007 Roshan Giri
Revolutionary Communist Party of India RCPI 1934 Saumyendranath Tagore
Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League ABGL 1943 Bharati Tamang
Praja Socialist Party PSP 1952
Swaraj India SI 2016 Yogendra Yadav
All India Mahila Empowerment Party MEP 2017 Nowhera Shaik
Naam Tamilar Katchi NTK 1958 Seeman
All India Hindustan Congress Party AIHCP 2015 Buddh Prakash Sharma
Indian Gandhiyan Party IGP 2012 Aashin U S
Jansatta Dal Loktantrik Jansatta Party 2018 Raghuraj Pratap Singh
Uttama Prajakeeya Party UPP 2018 Upendra Rao

See also


  • A If a party is recognised as a national or state party, its symbol is reserved for its exclusive use in the country or in the state.[13][14]
  • B In all States/U.T.s except in the State of Assam, where its candidates will have to choose a symbol from out of the list of free symbols specified by the Commission.
  • C In addition to those included, the total is 1,761.
  • D Current leaders are presidents of their respective parties and not necessarily the leaders of their legislative group in the Indian Parliament.
  • E Recently Trinamool Congress and National People's Party were also recognised as National parties by the Election commission of India


  1. ^ a b "Registration of political Parties". FAQs. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "List of Political Parties & Symbol MAIN Notification". Election Commission of India. 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Amendment Notificaiton - List of Registered Unrecognised Parties and Symbols after 15 March 2019". Election Commission of India. 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Amendment Notificaiton - List of Registered Recognised Parties and Symbols & List of Registered Unrecognised Parties and Symbols after 1 April 2019". Election Commission of India. 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Amending notification regarding political parties and their eletion symbol dated 10.01.2020". Election Commission of India. 15 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Dynamics of elevation of political parties to State or National Party". Press Information Bureau. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "When is a Political Party recognized as a National or State Party?". FACTLY. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Amendment of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968. Allotment of common symbol to candidates of registered un-recognized political parties". Press Information Bureau. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Manjhi's HAM recognised by poll panel". The Statesman. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Allotment of Common Symbol -10B letter dt 15.9.15" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  11. ^ "June 2015 Notification" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 2. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Names of National, State, registered-unrecognised parties and the list of free symbols" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 12 March 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  14. ^ "State Party List" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 13 December 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2017.

Further reading

  • Subrata K. Mitra and V. B. Singh. 1999. Democracy and Social Change in India: but parties have to be 70per of decision A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the National Electorate. New Delhi: Sage Publications. ISBN 81-7036-809-X (India HB) ISBN 0-7619-9344-4 (U.S. HB).
  • Subrata K. Mitra, Mike Enskat, Clemens Spiess (eds.). 2004. Political Parties in South Asia. Greenwood: Praeger.