Kochi: Speaking on the recently-concluded Delhi assembly polls where the Congress put on a dismal show by not managing to bag even a single seat, senior leader Jairam Ramesh opined that the party should “ruthlessly” reinvent itself or face the prospect of becoming irrelevant.

Asked about the leadership issue in the party, Ramesh said local level leaders have to be encouraged and nurtured, adding that they have to be given freedom and autonomy.

“The substance and style of our leadership has to change. We are virtually non-existent in Bihar, we are almost extinct in UP but we are strong in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Haryana we have come back,” Ramesh said.

The party has to “ruthlessly reinvent” itself, he maintained.

Jairam Ramesh then went on to claim the Delhi election result was a rejection of Amit Shah, who was the chief campaigner of the BJP. “It is a resounding slap on his face and it is a rejection of the language used in the campaign, tactics used in the campaign,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia also echoed a similar sentiment, saying the Delhi poll debacle was disappointing for the party. He emphasised on the need for the Congress to adopt a new ideology and a new way of working.

“It is highly disappointing for our party. There is an urgent need for a new ideology & new work process. Country has changed, so we also need to opt for a new way of thinking&connect with the people of the country,” news agency ANI reported Scindia as saying.

Earlier, Congress leader Veerappa Moily had also called for a “surgical” action to revive the party in the context of the election drubbing.

Notably, the Congress failed to open the account in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020 for the second consecutive term in a row. The Congress also witnessed its vote share dipping from 9.7 per cent in 2015 to 4.27 per cent this time.

As per the final results announcement from the Election Commission, the AAP secured 62 seats and the BJP, on the other hand, managed to get 8 seats. The Congress drew a blank.