List of National and Regional Political Parties in India with Symbols

In India, there are many national and regional parties involved in the political system. Election Commission has divided the political parties in India into three groups namely 7 national parties, 24 regional parties and 2044 non-recognized parties till April 13, 2018. Any political parties who are willing to contest elections at the local level, state level or national level must be registered in the Indian Election Commission (EIC).

In India, only 6 parties were recognized as national parties by 2016, but this number has now become 7 due to the recognition of Mamta Banerjee's party 'All India Trinamool Congress' as a national party in 2016.

Sl. N. Name of the Party Symbol
1. All India Trinamool Congress Flowers & Grass
2. Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant [In all States/U.T.s except in the State of Assam, where its candidates will have to choose a symbol from out of the list of free symbols specified by the Commission]
3. Bharatiya Janata Party Lotus
4. Communist Party of India Ears of Corn and Sickle
5. Communist Party of India (Marxist) Hammer, Sickle and Star
6. Indian National Congress Hand
7. Nationalist Congress Party Clock

In India, a multi-party system is the multi-party party system in which small regional parties are more powerful. National parties are those who are recognized in four or more states. There are 24 regional parties in India at this time-

Sl. No. Name of the State/Union Territory Name of the State Party Symbol
Andhra Pradesh 1. Telangana Rashtra Samithi Car
2. Telugu Desam Bicycle
3. Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party Ceiling Fan
2. Arunachal Pradesh 1. People’s Party of Arunachal Maize
3. Assam 1. All India United Democratic Front Lock & Key
2. Asom Gana Parishad Elephant
3. Bodoland Peoples Front Nangol
4. Bihar 1. Janata Dal (United) Arrow
2. Lok Jan Shakti Party Bungalow
3. Rashtriya Janata Dal Hurricane Lamp
4. Rashtriya Lok Samta Party Ceiling Fan
5. Goa 1. Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Lion
2. Goa Forward Party Coconut
6. Haryana Indian National Lok Dal Spectacles
7. Jammu & Kashmir 1. Jammu & Kashmir National Conference Plough
2. Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party Bicycle
3. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party Ink Pot & Pen
8. Jharkhand 1. AJSU Party Banana
2. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Bow & Arrow
3. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) Comb
4. Rashtriya Janata Dal Hurricane Lamp
9. Karnataka 1. Janata Dal (Secular) A Lady Farmer carrying Paddy on her head
10. Kerala 1. Janata Dal (Secular) A Lady Farmer carrying Paddy on her head
2. Kerala Congress (M) Two Leaves
3. Indian Union Muslim League Ladder
4. Revolutionary Socialist Party Spade & Stoker
11. Maharashtra 1. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Railway Engine
2. Shiv Sena Bow and Arrow
12. Manipur 1. Naga Peoples Front Cock
2. People's Democratic Alliance Crown
3. National People’s Party Book
13. Meghalaya 1. United Democratic Party Drum
2. Hill State People’s Democratic Party Lion
3. National People’s Party Book
14. Mizoram 1. Mizo National Front Star
2. Mizoram People’s Conference Electric Bulb
3. Zoram Nationalist Party Sun (without rays)
15. Nagaland Naga Peoples Front Cock
N.C.T. of Delhi Aam Aadmi Party Broom
17. Odisha Biju Janata Dal Conch
18. Puducherry 1. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Two Leaves
2. All India N.R. Congress Jug
3. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Rising Sun
4. Pattali Makkal Katchi Mango
19. Punjab 1. Shiromani Akali Dal Scales
2. Aam Aadmi Party Broom
20. Sikkim 1. Sikkim Democratic Front Umbrella
2. Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Table Lamp
21. Tamil Nadu 1. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Two leaves
2. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Rising Sun
3. Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam Nagara
22. Telangana 1. All India Majlis-EIttehadul Muslimeen Kite
2. Telangana Rashtra Samithi Car
3. Telugu Desam Bicycle
4. Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party Ceiling Fan
23. Uttar Pradesh 1. Rashtriya Lok Dal Hand Pump
2. Samajwadi Party Bicycle
West Bengal 1. All India Forward Bloc Lion
2. Revolutionary Socialist Party Spade & Stoker

Remember that after getting recognition as a national or state party, no other party can use the symbol of that party in the country. Apart from this, such parties are given land or buildings on behalf of the government for setting up their offices. In such elections, such parties can keep up to 40-star campaigners whereas the other party can hold 20-star campaigners.

At the same time, the Election Commission had amended a rule on August 22 under which it will review any national or state party status in 10 years instead of five years.