Fifty-nine registered but unrecognised parties have fielded candidates for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, a state which has traditionally seen direct fights between the BJP and the 

Among them, Hindustan Nirman Dal and Bahujan Mukti Party have fielded eight and six candidates respectively, while the Right to Recall Party and will fight from four seats each.

Other outfits like the Janta Panchayat Party,are also in the fray with their candidates filling nominations for two seats each.

Yuva Sarkar Party, which has fielded its candidate on Navsari seat, believes that should not give tickets to candidates over 50 years of age.

The party claims power was still concentrated in the hands of elderly leaders despite over 65 population of the country being under 35 years of age.

The Indian Business Party, which claims to be a political party for India's businessmen, has fielded its 

While these parties are registered with the Election Commission of India, they are not recognised as either state or national parties, as they fail to meet the criteria specified for such recognition.

As per the EC, out of 2,293 in India, only seven are recognised as national parties, and 59 as state parties.

These registered but unrecognised have to choose from a list of free symbols issued by the poll panel.

"It is not easy to specify why such political parties contest elections. While some are serious about elections, many field candidates in the hope that someone will ask them to withdraw their candidature in their favour," said Jagdeep Chhokar of the Association for Democratic Reforms, an organisation working in the area of electoral and political reforms.

"They dont aspire to become anything, they just contest elections, file nominations in the hope of getting some advantage out of a serious candidate. When the contest is close, every vote counts," Chhokar added.

"Registering as political parties gives them the advantage of paying no tax on donations they receive. Out of 2,000-odd parties registered with the EC, hardly 200 contest elections. The rest are just money-making machines," he said.

Among the recognised parties, the has fielded its candidates in all 26 seats in Gujarat, while the Nationalist Party will contest from Patan and Surendranagar, the in and the from Mehsana.

A total 573 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state, elections to which will be held on April 23.

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