The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) lead by Mr Vaiko, who is a staunch supporter of LTTE has lost its recognition as state party.
The Election Commission of India de-recognized MDMK in Tamil Nadu and Pattqaliu Makkal Katchi(PMK) in Puducherry as “state” party, a nomenclature used by the poll panel to classify political outfits on the basis of their electoral performance. The Election Commission recognizes parties at state and national level. If a political party is recognized in less than four states, it gets the status of a “state party” in the state or states. This status is accorded on the basis of the performance in Lok Sabha or State assembly elections.
Parties recognized as “State” and “National”, are entitled for exclusive allotment of reserved symbol throughout the country. They also get free of cost broadcast or telecast facilities on All India Radio or Doordarshan.
MDMK has been de-recognized in TN where elections are due in 2011. PMK will no more be a state party in Puducherry but will continue to enjoy the status in TN. The EC recognizes a political party as national or state if valid votes polled by all the candidates of a party in the last election are not less than six per cent of the total votes polled.