Jyotiraditya Scindia said Congress needs a new approach and a new way of doing things.
- The Congress has been jolted by its second straight duck in Delhi
- Jyotiraditya Scindia called Delhi poll debacle “extremely disappointing”
- Jairam Ramesh said the party needed to “reinvent” itself
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today called the party’s Delhi election debacle “extremely disappointing” and called for a ” new approach “, joining the rapidly growing league of party leaders calling for change. Another leader, Jairam Ramesh, said the party needed to “ruthlessly reinvent itself” to stay relevant and commented that “some of us” behave as if “we are still ministers” even six years after losing power. Both Mr Scindia and Mr Ramesh are former union ministers.
“Congress leaders have to reinvent themselves. Otherwise, we are staring at irrelevance. Our arrogance has to go, even after six years out of power sometimes, some of us behave as if we are still ministers, “Mr Ramesh said, adding that the” substance and style “of the party’s leadership had to change.
Mr Ramesh said the Delhi results is an “unmitigated disaster like coronavirus for the Congress.”
Right after the election results, Jyotiraditya Scindia had congratulated Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its / sweep and said the people of Delhi had placed their “trust” on their team again.
“The results are extremely disappointing. Congress needs a new approach, a new way of doing things … we strongly need a new approach. Times have changed , t he country has changed. We’ll have to reach out to people. After the Lok Sabha polls, we have formed governments in a few states, “said Mr Scindia, who is said to be close to the Gandhis.
The Congress, jolted by its second straight duck in Delhi – which it ruled for three straight terms till 2013 – has lapsed into a blame-game in which even Sheila Dikshit – the widely respected three-time chief minister who died last year – has not been spared.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi last night accepted the resignation of PC Chacko – the party’s Delhi in-charge – and Subhash Chopra, who headed the Delhi Congress unit.
Mr Chacko resigned after making the shocking remark that the party’s “downfall” started when Sheila Dikshit was Chief Minister and AAP was born.
“The downfall of the Congress party started in when Sheila ji was the C. M. The emergence of a new party, AAP took away the entire Congress vote bank. We could never get it back. It still remains with AAP, “Mr Chacko told ANI.
He was schooled by Maharashtra Congress leader Milind Deora, who called Sheila Dikshit a remarkable politician and administrator and said it was” unfortunate to see her being blamed after her death. “
Several Congress leaders said after its decimation in Delhi, the party needed” action “rather than” introspection “.
We r again decimated in Delhi.Enuf of introspection, time 4 action now. Inordinate delay in decision making at the top, lack of strategy & unity at state level, demotivated workers, no grassroots connect-all r factors.Being part of d system, I too take my share of responsibility
– Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK)
# MahatmaGandhi n begin with “Be the change you want to see”. We need to change ourselves.We need to grow out of our fears.We have to. – KhushbuSundar ❤️ (@khushsundar) February ,
3 Things Congress should NOT do today:
1. Justify own defeat 2. Find happiness in BJP defeat 3. Tell themselves that in Election wins & losses are cyclic
Congratulations to @ AamAadmiParty for a well deserved victory & running a focussed campaign.
– Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) February ,
When senior leader P Chidambaram praised AAP, he was told off by his junior colleague Sharmistha Mukherjee.
With due respect sir, just want to know- has @ INCIndia outsourced the task of defeating BJP to state parties? If not, then why r we gloating over AAP victory rather than being concerned abt our drubbing? And if ‘yes’, then we (PCCs) might as well close shop! https://t.co/Zw3KJIfsRx – Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) (February) , 2179009
Later, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said criticized the blame-game and said it would be “better if Congress leaders had looked at, introspected on their own role, their own responsibility, their own commitment to the party and defined their own duty towards the campaign in Delhi. “
Mr Surjewala admitted that the party would go back to the drawing board and there would be a revamp in the Delhi unit.
The Congress fielded (candidates and 66 forfeited their deposit, which means they did not win even one-sixth of the votes in their constituencies. Its vote share also dropped to the lowest since the 1990 s.
Senior leader Veerappa Moily called for a “surgical” action to revive the party in the context of the Delhi election drubbing.