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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: How many political parties are registered in India?

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India, the world's largest democracy, will hold its 17th Lok Sabha elections starting next month. Almost 90 crore eligible voters will cast their votes to elect their preferred candidates, out of which 1.5 crore individuals will vote for the first time.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: How many political parties are registered in India?
India, the world's largest democracy, will hold its 17th Lok Sabha elections starting next month. Almost 90 crore eligible voters will cast their votes to elect their preferred candidates, out of which 1.5 crore individuals will vote for the first time.
Since the independence, political parties in India have grown many folds, up by about 780 percent from a handful of 54 parties in 1950 to 475 parties in 2014.
To be recognised as a state or national party, registered political parties have to secure a minimum percentage of valid votes/numbers of seats in the Lok Sabha or state assembly.
This year, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are the national parties that will be contesting in the Lok Sabha  elections.