Kolkata: The erstwhile CPM government in West Bengal on Wednesday kicked off 23rd state conference at Kolkata’s Pramod Dasgupta Bhawan to discuss its failure in 2011 West Bengal assembly elections.

Prakash Karat,CPI(M) general secretary on the occasion said "The 34-year long rule caused shortcomings and flaws, we have to identify these and get rid of them."

Politburo member Nirupam Sen said that a section of people abandoned the Left Front because of this and therefore the party needs to win over those who lost confidence in its 34-year long rule.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechuri and senior leader Brinda Karat along with central leaders attended the first day of the four-day long event.

Biman Bose also submitted a political status report of the party. The party will discuss the current political instability in the state.

Regarding land acquisition, which played a crucial role in the downfall of the Left Front government last year, Sen said the policies and flaws in it would be discussed, but added that industrialisation was a must for advancement of the state.

Sen also lashed out at the ruling TMC government's policies and activities. Sen said, “It is in power for eight months only."

The party leaders said that being in the Opposition they will perform their responsibilities positively.

The party will also stress on reorganising its leaders in the state to regain public support. Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra and former land reforms minister Abdur Razzak Molla are likely to replace Anil Basu and Lakshman Seth in secretary of state boards. Basu and Seth may be given other responsibilities.

On the last day of the conference, on February 19, Prakash Karat would address a public meeting at Brigade Parade Ground, located at the central part in Kolkata.

The Left Front, which had bagged 235 seats in 2006, had won only 61 seats in 2011 elections.