What are national parties?
- A party that secures at least six per cent of total votes in Lok Sabha elections or Assembly elections in four states and wins at least four seats in the Lok Sabha is recognised as a national party.
- These parties have their units in various states. But by and large all these units follow the same policies, programmes and strategies that are decided at the national level.
According to this classification, there were six national recognised parties in the country in 2006.