Time for Congress to reinvent itself with new ideology: Scindia

Niwari (Madhya Pradesh) (IANS) Terming the 2020 Delhi Assembly poll results "disappointing", Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that the party needs to reinvent itself with new ideology, new thinking and new ways of functioning.

Speaking to media in Prithvipur area here, he said: "The results of the Delhi are very disappointing for the party... And new thinking, new ideology and new ways of functioning is required."

Scindia, who himself lost from his family bastion of Guna in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, said that in the last 70 years the country has changed a lot.

"And in the new era, we have to go to people with a new thinking," he said.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee has also voiced her opinion publicly, saying "enough of introspection" and that it is "time for action now", blaming lack of strategy and unity at the state level.

"We are again decimated in Delhi. Enough of introspection, time for action now. Inordinate delay in decision making at the top, lack of strategy and unity at state level, demotivated workers, no grassroots connect - all are factors. Being part of the system, I too take my share of responsibility," Mukherjee said in a tweet on Tuesday, when the results of the Delhi assembly polls were announced.

The Congress scored a nil in the 70-member Delhi assembly for the second consecutive time since 2015. This was the party's third dismal performance in the national capital. Despite ruling the city for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, it was reduced to eight seats in the 2013 Assembly polls.

Mukherjee, who is the daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, also hit out at former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram after he, in a tweet, taunted the BJP over its defeat in Delhi, saying AAP won and the "bluff and bluster" lost.

In her response, she said: "With due respect sir, just want to know - has Congress outsourced the task of defeating BJP to state parties? If not, then why are we gloating over AAP victory rather than being concerned about our drubbing? And if 'yes', then we might as well close shop."

This is the first strong message from a Congress leader indicating that all is not well in the party.

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