After Jairam Ramesh, Mani Shankar Aiyar calls for introspection, says Congress ‘should look at reality’

Without backing up Jairam Ramesh directly, Manish Shankar Aiyar on Thursday said the Congress needed to focus on new ideas and strategies.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:August 10, 2017 6:31 pm
jairam ramesh, mani shankar aiyar, jairam ramesh on congress, congress sultans remark, congress existential crisis, congress party, indian express news Mani Shankar Aiyar said Congress needed to look at the reality that they had just 44 MPs in the Parliament. (Source: File Photo)

After Congress leader Jairam Ramesh raised concerns over the party’s current fate, senior Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has also spoken out on the issue asking for introspection. “Congressmen should look at reality. We have only 44 MPs and have faced serious setbacks,” he told news agency ANI.

Ramesh had ruffled quite a few feathers in the party’s senior leaders circle by saying that the Congress was facing an “existential crisis.” He also questioned the way party members were dealing with the current political fate of the Congress. “I would say that the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis,” he told news agency PTI.

Former environment minister had also remarked that “the Sultanate has gone, but we behave as if we are sultans still.” Stressing on the need for new strategies, Ramesh had said the Congress needed to understand that they were against PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. “They think differently, they act differently, and if we are not flexible in our approach, we will become irrelevant, frankly,” he told PTI.

Without backing up Ramesh directly, Manish Shankar Aiyar on Thursday said the Congress needed to focus on his intention. “More important than the expression Jairam used, he said Congress needs new ideas new thoughts, new methods of working, new ways,” Aiyar was quoted as saying ANI.

Unlike Aiyar, some of the Congress leaders on Tuesday disagreed with Ramesh’s comments. “A few Congress leaders who came through the back doors, enjoyed the fruits of power and occupied high positions in the Congress governments feel that the Congress is facing an existential crisis as the party is out of power in the Centre and most states,” former Union minister K V Thomas told The Indian Express.

Congress MP M Veerappa Moily said Ramesh had “grossly crossed the limits of discipline in the party.” “We have toiled for this party for the last 50 years and we know what it is… the pain, pain of the leadership and pain of the workers… rank and file. And people who have not undergone the pain and agony… of working in the Congress and only enjoyed the pleasure of power, only they can make such statements,” he told The Indian Express.

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    Ram Deshpande
    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:41 am
    Sir Jairam Ramesh ji and Manishankar Aiyerji namasjar. Sir very few leaders are left in Congress like you. Sir what you say is hundred percent correct.People have never heard about both you such as bad politics. You have rightly said that Congress party shall think and act as per new policies and principles. Young blood may be given chance to elevate party from this situation.People of India know that you have never adopted false secularism .You belief in the principle that every Indian of any cast and creed must be elivated.This was the original principle of congress. You both were never in favour of corruption and hated it. Your images are clean.Every Indian has proud of your working .You have never compromised in National security on any account. Sir take lead and change Congress and bring golden days.Sir Interest self and every Indian will support you. Jai Hind Ram Deshpande Narayanguda Hyderabad.
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      rajan
      Aug 11, 2017 at 6:42 am
      If Congress refuses to see writing on the wall, it is doomed. This ostrich like approach will not help. It must not think that Jairam and Mani are rebels. They are simply showing the mirror. It's time to pull up the socks and take the bull by its horns. We need strong opposition to the ruling party. Communal juggernaut can't be allowed to roll on for ever. This country doesn't belong to one community, it's the making of 130 crores including our Muslim, Christians and Dalit brothers and sisters. Whatever BJP may brag about, these segments of the society no doubt see Modi-Shah-RSS combine as a grave threat to their existence.
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        Bull elephant
        Aug 11, 2017 at 6:37 am
        When Congress projects the family as indispensable, the young of India see this as permanent exclusion of them. So despite the effort they are willing to put in, the foregone conclusion is that unwashed half a billion youth are inferior to the prince! The days of inheritance based on birth are well past the use-by date.
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          Pulimurugan
          Aug 11, 2017 at 6:31 am
          Truth has no place in Congress. Certain leaders' response sound like, let Party see its eclipse but do not hurt or question or cast aspersions on leaders and instead go on praising them as high as possible. They talk of Congress history, leaders' history, independence struggle and victims of family. They do not understand that people are no more prepared to accept this old theories. There is vertical change. People understand the dynasty bluffs now. They need sounds and winds of changes not glamours and old stories. Son behaves like 'Prince' mother 'Queen' !! They still do not feel that the sand is fast flowing away down from the feet !!! What a tragedy. And to damage them more, such Thomas' and Moilies available, added with Tharoor's Bhakti too and wonderful personalities like Jairam Ramesh, Kamal Nath etc. have no values !!
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            SK
            Aug 11, 2017 at 6:27 am
            The fake gandhis are a blot on India, and a cancer for the Congress party. Unless the cancer is cut off, Congress will die a natural death, as it should have at the time of Independence.
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              Bull elephant
              Aug 11, 2017 at 6:25 am
              "Congress needs new ideas new thoughts, new methods of working, new ways"....but no....no....no....new leadership! No...No....No... Elephant in the room is too big and it is too dark/bleak.
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                KSRao
                Aug 11, 2017 at 5:12 am
                Internal democracy alone can resurrect the party. Let Sonia or Rahul be elected, as also CMs of states by the elected MLAs.
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                  Bull elephant
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 6:26 am
                  They know that they wont be elected. That is the problem.
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                  SK Gupta
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 4:01 am
                  Jairam Ramesh was one of the few good men in the Congress. He spoke with the right intentions. Rahul Gandhi is known as the biggest joker today in Indian politics. Congress to remain relevant must have a better PM candidate for 2019. Not Chidambaram pl. Jairam brought in the great Land Acquisition Act of 2013. He could be one of the names.
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                    Pulimurugan
                    Aug 11, 2017 at 6:33 am
                    ' PM candidate ' for Congress?? You too can be one. Are there no other positions ?? Shame... !! Talk of Panchayat President.
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