In another blow to the Congress, Senior leader Jyotiradity Scindia, on Wednesday has stated that Congress is in dire need of introspection. Refusing to comment on senior leader Salman Khurshid's statement on the Congress turmoil, he echoed similar sentiments. He said that time had demanded that Congress must improve on its weakness. This time comes at a time when many in the party are upset with former party chief Rahul Gandhi's Bangkok trip.
"I never make statements based on anyone else's statement. You must ask those who made the statement for an explanation on it. But there is no doubt that Congress needs self-introspection. Time has demanded that Congress must inspect its actions and must improve on it," he said.
When asked about preparations for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, he expressed his disconnection with the ongoing updates. He stated that his responsibilities ended with the screening committee. Reiterating faith in other Congress leaders, he said that the assembled team was doing their job. Scindia has reportedly been miffed after being named only in Maharashtra's screening committee and not been given the post of Madhya Pradesh party chief.
"My responsibilities were only till the screening committee. Our entire team including state President Kharge ji is there. Apart from that four previous CMs are there apart from PCC head. I believe everyone will work together. The responsibility for strategy is of the general secretary and I think they are doing their job well," he added.
Earlier in the day, senior advocate and Congress leader, Salman Khurshid conceded to the crisis of the grand old party . He claimed that Rahul Gandhi's presence as the Congress chief would have allowed the party to introspect their defeat. Salman Khurshid asserted that Congress would have introspected the party's electoral downfall if Rahul Gandhi "was around". He also said that then they would have been "prepared better" in his presence as the chief of the party to fighting the upcoming electoral battles. Khurshid expressed his "deep pain and concern" over the party's situation and admitted that the grand old party is in a "difficult situation."
Infighting within the Congress in the poll-bound states of Maharashtra and Haryana has been a major setback for the party. In Haryana there has been a divide, with one group supporting Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the other Ashok Tanwar. Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, former Mumbai chief of the party Sanjay Nirupam has revolted openly against the party. A long-drawn tussle has been going on between Nirupam and another Congress leader Milind Deora.
Similarly, former Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has locked horns with Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on many issues. Following the state polls in 2018, which the Congress won, Scindia, as per sources, was miffed about not being elected CM. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the party’s cadre was split to choose between Scindia and Kamal Nath to head the MP Congress. The tussle reached its last straw when Scindia had given a ten-day ultimatum to the party to make him the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief.