After Sonia Gandhi seeks ‘alertness’, BJP, BSP insist Rahul caught napping

The Congress dismissed the claim as “completely false, condemnably false”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 21, 2016 4:00 am
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The BJP said Rahul “sleeping” showed the Congress “double-face” on the matter of Dalits, adding he had been found sleeping earlier too “whenever there was a serious discussion”.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was attacked by the BSP and BJP on Wednesday for “dozing off” in Parliament when the beating up of Dalit youths in Gujarat was being discussed. The Congress dismissed the claim as “completely false, condemnably false”.

With Rahul planning a visit to Gujarat on the matter Thursday, BSP chief Mayawati told reporters outside the House that the fact that Rahul was “sleeping” shows “his attitude towards the issue and how serious he is towards atrocities on Dalits”.

She also attacked the Congress for trying to make political mileage over the Dalit issue. “When I raised this issue two days ago in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress paid no heed to it,” she said.

The BJP said Rahul “sleeping” showed the Congress “double-face” on the matter of Dalits, adding he had been found sleeping earlier too “whenever there was a serious discussion”. BJP leader Shrikant Sharma told ANI, “We understand that his nights are long and he feels Parliament is the best place to sleep.”

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Lambasting other parties and television channels for making this an issue, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “First and foremost, I am castigating in the strongest possible terms and condemning this attempt — be it by media or by any other quarters — to trivialise, debase and devalue, to peripheralise a most important issue. We are discussing Dalit issues and your focus is on the great story which you are running which by the way is false.

Completely false, condemnably false. That somebody is sleeping in the House.”

Claiming that Rahul was only checking his phone, Singhvi attacked TV news channels, saying “Secondly, the last I heard, checking once cellphone is neither a crime nor negligence, which you have made into a big story. The poor Dalits of that state deserve greater attention from you than such peripheral, debased and devalued stories.”

He added that he had proof of “(PM) Modi clearly sleeping on November 26, 2015, on Law Day. I have never raised it and do not intend to raise it today… Because I don’t believe even if Modi is slightly tired and closes his eyes for a few minutes, it is something which I must make a press issue out of. Or show on my television channels… Please don’t insult the intelligence of our Dalits, don’t insult the intelligence of our parliamentarians, don’t trivialise, devalue and debase the story.”

Incidentally, only in the morning, addressing party MPs before the House session, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had told them to be active, aggressive and hold the government and its ministers to their words and actions.

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  1. P
    Jul 21, 2016 at 1:44 am
    Let's have poistive reporting. We have had sleering PMs. Please let's not waste time on non perfermoers .l
    1. S
      Jul 21, 2016 at 6:34 am
      YES. Rahul was sleeping and snoring too. Why don't Feku order her Sanghi Sakhi Mahajan to suspend him for full term So as Feku and his Rani be fearless and don't become paranoidlt;br/gt;Hallo Faltu sold out Sanghi trollers and wood headed Bakths, today problem is Kashmir and Gujarath ka mandala raj. NOT RAHUL HI SLEEPING IN;br/gt;MERA BHARATH HAI MAHAN
      1. Anand Sudan
        Jul 21, 2016 at 2:52 am
        For Rahul , Lok sabha is Sleeping Sabha. It shows congress has no real consideration for dalits. they want to use them as vote banks. Even aftr more than 6o years cngress rule the plight of the dalits is pathetic and now they are shedding crocodile tears.
        1. A
          Jul 21, 2016 at 4:11 am
          Isn't it normal to doze during working hours at times? Don't we do the same?
          1. S
            Jul 21, 2016 at 1:45 am
            Let him sleep on. He is not that good even when he is awake. Perhaps he was up late into night watching his favorite TV show or a movie. He has rights to do that.
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