Source: Agencies23 Dec 2016 15:03:24

New Delhi, December 23: Election Commission has taken strict action against registered but unrecognised political parties by unlisting them. Like to tell you that, election commission has unlisted 255 such political parties which are registered but haven’t participated in any of the polls in the last one decade.
This action has come after PM Modi has taken initiative to curb corruption and black money from the country. Fearing misuse of financial contributions, the Election Commission has also asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to look into the finances of such 255 political parties. Interestingly, Election commission has unlisted only those political parties who were not contesting elections between 2005 and 2015.

In a letter sent to Chairman of CBDT on Thursday, the election commission has said that it has delisted 255 registered but unrecognised political parties between February and December 15 this year. It said upon verification, the election machinery found that some parties are "no longer in existence or functioning." The commission has also asked the CBDT to take "necessary action" if required in view of the provisions listed in section 29B and 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 against parties violating the law.

There are over 1780 registered, but unrecognised political parties in the country. Besides, there are seven national parties BJP, Congress, BSP, TMC, CPI, CPI-M and NCP and 58 state parties. While the election commission has the mandate to register a political party but it lacks power under electoral laws to deregister any party.

As its demand to get power to deregister a party is pending with the Law Ministry, the Commission has used its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to delist parties for being dormant and not contesting elections for a long time.