New Delhi: A day after it lost its national party status, the Communist Party of India said the Election Commission should have given "due consideration" to the party's contribution in the freedom struggle before revoking its status.
In a statement on Tuesday, the party said the Communist Party of India (CPI) is one of the oldest political parties in the country and continues to have pan-India presence and mass following.
"The Election Commission of India should have given due consideration to the rich history of the Communist Party of India and its preeminent role in the fight against the British Raj and its role in shaping the national agenda in post-independent India. The CPI has remained at the forefront in strengthening the democratic polity of the country," it said.
It further said the CPI will continue its dedicated service for the country and struggle for the rights of the people.
The statement noted that despite the withdrawal of its national party status, the Left party will continue to work among the people with increased vigour and dedication across the country.
"At the same time, the CPI will intensify its campaign for comprehensive electoral reforms, including the system of proportional representation, abolition of electoral bonds and for state funding of elections, as recommended by the Indrajit Gupta Committee to ensure level playing field to all participants.
"The CPI has the capacity and commitment to take up the challenges of time and overcome them," it added.