Social Science: Political Parties - Role Do Political Parties Play in Competition and Contestation

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State the conditions as laid down by the Election Commission to recognise a 'State Party' and a 'National Party'.

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Solution

The difference between a state and a national party can be identified as follows:

In a state party, the party members aim to highlight the regional interests. On the other hand, a national party gives due importance to national interests.

A state party can contest in elections only in a particular state, whereas a national party can contest in elections all across the country.

Example: BJP and Congress are national parties, whereas Akali Dal and Trinamool Congress are state level parties.

Concept: Role Do Political Parties Play in Competition and Contestation
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2013-2014 (March) Delhi Set 3

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