After springing a surprise by winning four seats in Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been recognised as a state party.
The news comes as a breather to the party that has witnessed discontent within its cadre and desertion by some known faces after its overall poor show in the parliamentary elections, including a drubbing in Delhi.
“On the basis of the review of poll performance of the Aam Aadmi Party at the general election to the Lok Sabha, 2014, it is seen that the party presently recognised as the state party in the NCT of Delhi with broom as its symbol has fulfilled conditions laid down in para 6 of the Election Symbol Order 1968 for recognition as a state party in Punjab,” the EC said in a letter to the party. “Accordingly, the Commission has recognised the Aam Aadmi Party as the state party in Punjab,” the letter, posted on the party's Twitter handle, said.
To be recognised as a state party, a political party has to poll a minimum of 6% of votes in that particular state in either general or state assembly elections.