CPM general secretary Prakash Karat's candid admission that the Left forces were still living in 1940s, was latched on to by Congress to attack the Marxists over their "historic blunders" including withdrawal of support to the UPA government.
Party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters he hoped that the development would prompt the Left to mend its ways. At the same time, he skirted questions on whether Congress could do business with the Left in view of the admission.
"I was simply appreciating the admission....even the Trinamool Congress will welcome it," said Ahmed in reply to questions on the issue. Trinamool is the arch rival of the Left in the politics of West Bengal.
He said that "other historic blunders" of the Left included their aligning with the erstwhile Jan Sangh in 1977 and with BJP in 1989. Participating in a conference at the University of Cambridge, Karat had admitted that the Left forces were "banking on the concepts and theories of the 1940s" and needed to understand the sweeping changes being witnessed by the nation.
Karat had admitted that Left parties were "deficient" in theory and needed to study and understand the new developments sweeping India.