We won some, we lost some but it is not all over: Sachin Pilot
"The BJP chief ministers' performance worked for them. Modi has not had any impact in MP," said Mr Scindia, who had earlier called Modi a "good omen" for his Congress party and dismissed him as a threat.
NDTV reported that top Congress sources hinted at a "major announcement" soon, revealing that the party was taking the defeat seriously. Sone Congress leaders insisted that the BJP's victory had nothing to do with Narendra Modi, their prime ministerial candidate, who had campaigned exhaustively in the poll-bound states.
In Delhi, tax officer turned politician Arvind Kejriwal's debutant Aam Aadmi Party virtually wiped out the Congress, reducing it to single numbers in the 70-seat assembly.
Young Congress leaders including Mr Scindia, Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora were among the first to comment that it was time to go back to the drawing board to try and recuperate before the Lok Sabha polls.
But when it came to questions about Rahul Gandhi, they all rushed to the defence of the Congress vice president and firmly stuck to 'collective responsibility."
"We have a tall task we need to face with unflinching courage and that is provided by Rahul Gandhi," Mr Scindia said.
Sachin Pilot took a positive view, saying that party still had time to pick itself up and get moving again before the national polls. "We won some, we lost some but it is not all over," he said.