Kolkata: The Communist Party of India-Marxist began its four-day state conference in West Bengal on Wednesday to discuss its future agenda. This is the first time in three decades that the meet is being held when the party is in opposition.
The 23rd state conference of the CPI-M is being held amid a changed political situation in West Bengal with archrival Trinamool Congress now in power. The conference will conclude with the selection of a new state committee.
The state conference will review the deficiencies and the lacuna in the party functioning that led to the historic defeat of the CPI-M-led Left Front in last year`s state assembly polls after 34 years of uninterrupted rule. It will act as a platform for introspection in the largest communist party in the country.
State secretary Biman Bose on Tuesday said the state conference will aim at reorganising the party and will lay stress on ideological aspects.
The party conference will see CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat and several other politburo members like Sitaram Yechury, SR Pillai, Brinda Karat, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Nirupam Sen participating in the discussions.
The conference will aim at preparing a path for reaching out to the masses and the poor.
It will also chalk out the plan of action and the dos and don`ts for the CPI-M as an opposition party.