Jairam Ramesh, a Congress leader on Monday said that the party is facing an “existential crisis” and pitched for a “collective effort” by party leaders to “overcome” the challenges it faced from Prime minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Mr Ramesh also said that business as usual approach will not work against PM Modi and Mr Shah and advocated for flexibility in approach to make the Congress relevant.

He said the Congress had faced “electoral crisis” from 1996 to 2004 when it was out of power. The party had also faced “electoral crisis” in 1977 when it lost the elections held soon after the emergency. “But today, I would say that the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis.”

Exactly a day after Ramesh gave this statement, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “This is true that the Congress is going through a challenging phase but we don’t agree this that there is an existential crisis. Congress principle, the policy is strong under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi. Whatever Jairam Ramesh has said that can be his personal views. The Congress does not agree with this.”

 Randeep Singh also said that the Congress leaders should discuss every matter within the party forum and take permission before speaking publically.

However, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar took a different stand saying that Ramesh’s statement saying it should not be ignored as he is a true Congressman.”Jairam Ramesh has said so many things; I would suggest you read his whole statement. He is a true Congressman, what he has said, shows that he is concerned for the party. Our party is a Constitutional party; if we don’t pay attention to different opinions and find out the solution then we cannot go forward.”

There seem to be internal conflicts and contradictions between the Congress members over the statement made by Ramesh.




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