New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday defended party vice president Rahul Gandhi saying he was "not sleeping" but was "looking down" during a debate on atrocities on Dalits in Parliament.
Rahul was caught sleeping in Parliament even as a bitter war of words was going on in the Lok Sabha between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress over the alleged attack on Dalits in Gujarat's Una district.
"Rahul Gandhi was looking down. He was not sleeping. How can anyone sleep in so much uproar? He was not sleeping. There are much bigger issues to discuss," Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury said.
But leaders across the political line attacked the Gandhi scion and questioned his seriousness over the issue.
"When the Dalit issue was being discussed in house, Rahul Gandhi was sleeping. This shows how serious Congress is on the issue," Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said.
Hitting out at Rahul, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said, "This shows the Congress mentality, what they have been doing. They are not really interested in moving ahead. They make a hue and cry for no reasons, and so they waste Parliament’s time. They are a sinking ship, complete hooliganism and their hero is sleeping. Congress has been rejected. They are just doing politics."
Rahul will be visiting Una in Gujarat on Thursday where some Dalits were allegedly beaten up for skinning a dead cow.