"Mr Advani knows very well that the Communists are a major roadblock in his scheme of things to become country's PM, this is why he repeatedly attacked us," said the leaders of the CPI and the CPI(M). The Left leaders' observations came a day after Mr Advani accused Mrs Indira Gandhi of "Kremlinisation of Indian politics" observing that she had only "used them( Left parties)". Attacking the Congress for making the Left parties an important player in the nation's polity, Mr Advani said," no party had given such place to Communists as the Congress has done. It has indeed resulted in the Kremlinisation of Indian politics.'' Mr Advani also questioned the Communists' role in the freedom struggle.
CPI Leaders A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi observed that first of all a person like Mr Advani had no right to comment on the independence struggle ''as they were never part of it. The people of India despite all these accusations of betrayal voted the Communists as the main opposition party in the first general elections in 1952." They said similarily, it was not the Congress which had bestowed importance to the Left parties- the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc. It is the people of the country who elected as many as 61 Left MPs to the Lok Sabha in 2004 general polls, which they never did in the past.
Mr Bardhan, the veteran communist and party general secretary, said "if Mr Advani has any sense of democracy, he should not insult the people who voted his party out of power and accepted the slogans of the Communists-" BJP hataoe, Desh bachoe( Remove BJP, Save India)." Stating that the Communists had always remained an important segment of India's mainstream struggle, Mr Bardhan stressed that for their patriotism they did not need any certificate from a person like Mr Advani.