Unrecognized political parties in India doubled in 10 years, big increase in earnings

The number of unrecognized political parties has steadily increased in the country and their number has doubled in the last ten years. The number of these parties was 1,112 in the year 2010, which increased to 2,301 in the year 2019. This has been revealed in the report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). According to the report, the number of such parties increases further during the general election years. It grew by 9.8 percent between 2018 and 2019, while it increased by 18 percent between 2013 and 2014. Out of a total of 2301 registered unrecognized parties, only 30 parties have won seats in the current State Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha. Out of these 30 parties, details of audit reports of only 3 parties are available for the financial years 2017-18 and 2018-19. As per the ADR report, the audit report of 169 registered non-recognized parties revealed that out of a total of 2,301 registered non-recognized parties, only 96 parties (4.17 per cent) for the financial year 2018-19 and the fiscal year 2017- Annual audits of 126 parties (5.48 per cent) for 18 are publicly available.

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