Post the rout in state elections, the congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh has strongly suggested that the party does not require anymore of introspection but it is in urgent need of a major surgical treatment implying strong steps.
"Today's results disappointing but not unexpected. We have done enough Introspection shouldn't we go for a Major Surgery?" tweeted Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. This tweet was posted not long after party president Sonia Gandhi's statement promising introspection.
"We will introspect into the reasons for our loss and will rededicate ourselves to the service of the people with greater vigour," Mrs Gandhi said.
Soon after its recent crash in another set of state elections, the Congress received lacerating advices from other senior leaders’ aswell. Shashi Tharoor, a Congress parliamentarian from Kerala, has also suggested that the party needs to "move beyond this cliched introspection business into some serious action”. "Congress has always bounced back from such situations, though the current trend is a matter of serious concern", feels a senior party leader. New peoples are required to be inducted into party's working committee, AICC, says Natwar Singh, a former senior congress leader.
The Congress has lost Assam to the BJP and Kerala to the Left Front. It is left with just one major state - Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the party's partnerships, formed in desperation, failed. The decent is genuine as the Congress vice-president failed to retain key leaders such as Hemanta Biswa Sarma from Assam, before crucial Assembly elections and even ignored their timely advices.
But in a trademark reaction to defeat, the Congress fire-walled its big two, especially Rahul Gandhi, against criticism and used the occasion to once again raise demands for elevating the 45-year-old vice president to the post of president. In 2014, Mr Gandhi led the party to its worst-ever national election result of 44 Lok Sabha seats.
The Congress and its allies presently rule seven of India's 29 states and represent just 7% of the total population. Six of these states are small hill states.