New Delhi, August 8: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh slammed his party leaders, saying that some of them behave as if Congress is still in power. Ramesh opined that people want to see a new Congress, sans old mantras and slogans.
Congress leader said, Yes, the Congress party is facing a very serious crisis. We have to completely redo the way of thinking, the way of acting, the way of projecting, the way of communicating. I think there is a lot of goodwill for the Congress, a lot of support for the Congress but people want to see a new Congress.
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.” Commenting on uncertainty whether Rahul Gandhi will take over as the Congress President, the former Union Minister expressed hope that the Gandhi scion will take the reins of the party before the end of 2017.