The Election Commission of India declared the  led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma as a national party. This made the , formed by his father and former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma in 2013, the first from the north-eastern region to earn the tag. The party has been granted recognition under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, . Registration of political parties is governed by the provisions of  of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. An association seeking registration under the said Section has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation, as per the guidelines prescribed by the Commission in exercise of the powers conferred by  of the Constitution of India and  of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. In its order, the ECI said that the  was given the national party status for fulfilling conditions such as polling more than 6% of the total votes in the last general election and being recognised as a State party in at least four States.
At present, how many National Parties are there in India?
The Election Commission of India declared the National People's Party led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma as a national party. Before NPP's elevation, India had seven national parties. Trinamool Congress, led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, became the seventh in September 2016.