After losing Assam to BJP and Kerala to Left Front in another set of state elections on Thursday, the Congress received lacerating, unsolicited advice from one of its senior leaders.
"Today's results disappointing but not unexpected. We have done enough Introspection shouldn't we go for a Major Surgery?" tweeted Congress leader Digvijaya Singh after party president Sonia Gandhi's statement promising introspection.
"We will introspect into the reasons for our loss and will rededicate ourselves to the service of the people with greater vigour," Sonia Gandhi said.
After another devastating day of defeats, the statement was unsettling even for leaders within the Congress.
The Congress has lost Assam to the BJP and Kerala to the Left Front. It is left with just one major state - Karnataka - and effectively rules over only six per cent of India.
In Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the party's partnerships, formed in desperation, failed.
At present, the Congress and its allies now rule seven of India's 29 states. Six of these will hold elections by 2018.
Shashi Tharoor, a Congress parliamentarian from Kerala, also suggested that the party needs to move beyond this cliched introspection business into some serious action.
But in a trademark reaction to defeat, the Congress fire-walled its big two, especially Rahul Gandhi, against criticism and used the occasion to once again raise demands for elevating vice president to the post of president.
In 2014, Rahul led the party to its worst-ever national election result of 44 Lok Sabha seats.
After the rout, the party asked its senior leaders to assess the problems and submit their reports on a revival plan. Digvijaya Singh was among them. But no change has been made in the party in the last two years and it has hurtled from disaster to disaster, apart from its bit role in the Nitish Kumar-led alliance that won Bihar last year.