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"Congress can't come to power on its own "

Posted on Jan 18, 05:32PM | IBNS

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said he did not feel that the Congress can come to power 'on its own soon'.

"(I) don't see Congress coming to power on its own soon," Ramesh told CNN-IBN.

"The Congress has structural issues," he said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid refused to comment on Ramesh's remarks when reporters asked him on the matter.

Reacting to the Union Ministers' remarks, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati told media: "What is new in what he is saying? The Congress government is in power with the support of other parties. The UPA-I was also formed under Congress, with support from other parties."

Pertinently, the BSP supports the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from outside.

Ramesh made the comments at a time when the two-day 'Chintan Shivir' of the Congress party commenced here from Friday.

Top Congress leaders have arrived here for the event and they are expected to brainstorm on strategies for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Reports said the party will also decide on whether to go for coalitions or give it a go on its own in various states.

The two-day event will end on Jan 20 with the adoption of the Jaipur Declaration.

A session of the All India Congress Committee will be held on Sunday.