Portal:Government of India/Selected lists/January, 2007
India has a multi-party system with a predominance of small regional parties. Parties that wish to contest local, state or national elections are required to be registered by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Six parties are recognised as national parties. They are sorted into the name, acronym, year of formation and the party leader.
|Bahujan Samaj Party||BSP||1984||Kanshi Ram|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||BJP||1980||Rajnath Singh|
|Communist Party of India||CPI||1925||A.B. Bardhan|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||CPI (M)||1964||Prakash Karat|
|Indian National Congress||INC||1885||Sonia Gandhi|
|Nationalist Congress Party||NCP||1999||Sharad Pawar|