1. The state parties commonly referred to as regional parties, need not always be regional in their ideology or outlook. Some of these are All-India parties that happen to have succeeded only in some states.
2. Since no one party is able to secure a majority on its own in Lok Sabha, the national parties are compelled to form alliances with state parties. Nearly every state party has got the opportunity to be a part of one or the other national level coalition government since 1996.
3. Expansion in terms of no. and strength of these state parties has made the Parliament of India politically more and more diverse, thereby contributing to the strengthening of federalism and democracy.
NOTE – The Election Commission of India classifies various political parties as national or state parties in accordance with certain criteria – A party that secures at least six percent of the total votes in an election to the legislative assembly of a state and wins at least two seats is recognized as a state party.
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