Can Congress come to power on its own? Jairam doesn't think so

Even as the Congress party is holding its Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, Union minister Jairam Ramesh said that he does not think it is possible for the party to come to power on its own yet.

At the two-day meet in Jaipur, the Congress will discuss the 2014 elections and also possible stable alliances, since it has faced trouble from its past alliances over various policies and decisions like FDI in retail and the nuclear deal with the US.

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A CNN-IBN report says that it is believed that the Janata Dal (United) under Nitish Kumar and the Biju Janata Dal could be likely partners of the Congress.

However, Rahul Gandhi's wish to contest alone seems to be the only problem. Though many Congress leaders, like Rahul, would like the party to take the 'ekla cholo re' path, the party right now hardly has the numbers needed to win by itself.

"The Congress has structural issues," said Ramesh in a candid confession to CNN-IBN.

The Minister also spoke to the NDTV news channel saying, "2014 will not be Modi versus Rahul; it is always party versus party. Anger against netas justified; hope our party understands the anger".