Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday clearly indicated that the Congress would continue to stick to the alliance path in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections without compromising on the party's rejuvenation efforts in states it ruled as a power-sharer.
She also asked her colleagues to set aside personal ambitions and egos to ensure the party's victory in opposition-ruled states.
Gandhi's message of striking a balance between respecting alliances and not compromising on the party's revival shows that there will be no deviation from the stance shown at the Shimla conclave in 2003, when the Congress decided to enter into coalition arrangements with secular parties to defeat the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
"Is it not the case that we have floundered many opportunities that people are willing to give us simply because we have been unable to function as a disciplined and united team," she said in her opening address at the two-day 'chintan shivir' (brainstorming camp) in Jaipur's Birla auditorium.
Of the nine states going to polls this year - dubbed as semi-finals before the 2014 general elections - the BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.
"Although I do believe that being in power is not the sole purpose of political activity, this does have an impact on our morale and organisational ability," she said.