Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M) in Kerala on Wednesday admitted that factional trends in its state unit had harmed the party's prospects and of the LDF in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

This view was expressed by several delegates who spoke at the second day's proceedings in the 20th party state conference being held here.

Briefing reporters on deliberations at the meet, party politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said this feeling was conveyed by several delegates while taking a self-critical view of the party's functioning in the last few years.

However, the party's Central Committee took note of the matter and steps had been taken to free the state unit of the factional trends, he said.

The delegates endorsed CPI-M's decision to withdraw support to UPA-1 over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. But along with this, the party and LDF should have raised prominently basic issues like price rise, farm sector crisis and unemployment during the Parliament elections, he said.

However, the LDF government's 'commendable performance' helped the coalition regain much of the lost ground in the assembly polls held last year, he said.

The delegates also wanted the party to seriously introspect on why the Left had not been able to make good pace in expanding its support base in all parts of the country.

The global situation arising out of the crisis of capitalism now offered a good chance for the Left to emerge as a major force in India also.

Balakrishnan refuted the claim by a section of media that they had been able to leak the organisational review report presented before the party meet on Tuesday.

"Sections of the media have been making this claim by highlighting some annexure to the review report, which have already been publicised by the Central Committee. We do not take this seriously as these have been available on the party website", he added.