Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) may face problem in retaining the status of regional party as the Election Commission of India has increased the required vote percentage criteria to qualify for a regional party from present 6 percent to 8 percent.

In the state, only UKD enjoys status of regional party. Earlier, a party had to secure 6 percent votes or win at least three Assembly seats to enjoy the status of regional party.

As per the new guidelines of the EC, a party is required to get 8 percent votes in Assembly elections for getting regional party status.

During the 2007 Assembly Elections, UKD got the status of regional party thanks to the 3 Assembly seats they won.

In the due course, the UKD has gone through different phases of defection and spilt. Both the factions claim of being the parent party.

JPN/Bureau