Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Congress will lose in 2014 Lok sabha polls; Needs revamp: Mani Shankar Aiyar

News Source: Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar Dec 11, 2013

The 125-year-old Indian National Congress (INC) is facing the biggest crisis in 10 years that it has been in power at the Centre. The poor showing in the recent concluded assembly elections has hastened the slide in the party’s future with leaders coming out in the open in protest. Clearly, the tide is now flowing against the UPA-2 government after its stellar performance in its earlier avatar.

Party stalwart Mani Shankar Aiyar created a flutter by predicting that Congress will lose the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held early next year. The maverick politician went on to demand an organisational revamp as envisaged by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"I would say it is good to lose. We can await an opportunity to do this revamping or refitting, reinvention of the party to suit the requirements of the 21st century, and that has to begin with Rajiv Gandhi's breakthrough, which is Panchayat Raj," he said.

"The Congress needs a revamp and reorganization in the party structure. It's too late for introspection. I think we need a serious revolutionary change in our organisation," said Aiyar.

Aiyar said the Congress has ideas and plans already but none of them have been applied yet. He also said the announcement of Lok Sabha candidates should be made early.