Accepting the defeat in state polls, Digvijay Singh said, "We have to re-establish the connect".
When asked if the poor performance of Manmohan Singh's government was behind the party's debacle in Delhi polls, where incumbent Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit lost and Congress was reduced to eight seats, he said the Centre's poor response in the December 16 gang-rape may have played a role.
"The government should have acted more decisively in the gang-rape case," he said, while asserting that Dikshit ran a good government for 15 years.
The Congress leader, however, recalled that the party was written off in 2004 and 2009 polls as well but it had surprised political pundits by capturing power at the Centre both times. "It (rejecting Congress) is the mood of the people in state polls... Don't write us off," he said, adding that the rout in states was probably because the party did not have credible leadership there.
He also took a dig at Cabinet Minister Sharad Pawar for his statement that the weak leadership in Delhi was the reason behind the poor show of Congress.
"Pawar is a member of Cabinet not Congress. He has been in Dr Manmohan Singh's ministry for 10 years. He must know what he was in for all these years," he said.