"Don't continue to ride on the back of two major Dravidian parties (DMK and AIADMK). Work hard and refurbish the image of the party," said Gandhi.
He added that regaining the lost power would only be possible if the cadres rose above factional politics and worked hard towards the development of people.
Rahul also stressed that inner-party elections right from panchayat level should be conducted immediately to lend a new image to the party.
Earlier, several Congressmen demanded that the high command should ask the DMK to share power with the Congress in the state.
They also wanted them to front head the 2011 Assembly polls.