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Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha nap: Will the Congress vice-president ever succeed in cornering sycophants?
Rahul Gandhi was seen snoozing in Parliament on Lok Sabha TV while a heated debate on atrocities on Dalit youth in Gujarat was going on in the House. The Congress members vociferously protested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's response. But, Rahul Gandhi slept, ignoring high decibel sounds all around him. It's not for the first time that the Congress vice-president was seen taking a short nap inside the Parliament.

His political opponents as usual wasted no time in passing comments. A few TV channels carried out news hour debates on this snoozing, invoking Rahul Gandhi's lack of seriousness on important political issues.

But, the point is, should Rahul Gandhi's snooze become a matter of debate? Is snoozing for a few minutes inside Parliament, a sign of incompetence of a leader?

I don't think Rahul Gandhi is a unique case in this regard. Almost all MPs at some point of time go in to sleep mode due to different reasons. It's a natural call and a biological requirement. Thus, snoozing for a few minutes regardless of the place, shouldn't be a point of discussion at all. That can happen to anybody, Rahul Gandhi included.

Then, what's the point behind this article? Yes, I have a point. Rahul Gandhi from the very beginning, should have accepted that yes, he did go off to sleep, which is natural for any human being. But, he didn't respond to the queries of journalists (also don't know why journalists too ask such trivial questions). But what followed after that is a serious issue.

Congress sycophant Renuka Choudhury gave a scientific explanation that Rahul Gandhi was doing some moisturizing exercise to protect his eyes.

She said, "He was only closing his eyes to get some moisture – outside it is so hot...when he came to Parliament so when he was in, he just closed his eyes for a moment's."

Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala claimed that it was a meditation technique. He wrote on Twitter: "FYI dear media and BJP – RG is into meditation & one of the best ways to listen to a speaker is to close your eyes, breathe and hear. As someone who does Vipasna – I know that Rahul Gandhi was NOT sleeping – there is a breathing & listening technique."

Another explanation came that Rahul Gandhi wasn't sleeping but rather thinking about the problems of Dalits.

If a biological weakness is covered up through sycophancy, I think it's a matter of grave concern for both the Congress as well as the Gandhi family. Sycophancy never did anything good for the party or the family. In fact, one of the most compelling reasons for the downfall of Congress are these blatant sycophancies towards the family from within the party itself.

Okay, agreed that the Congressmen will never learn. But, what about Rahul Gandhi? Why didn't he come out and dismiss such sycophantic statements? He had himself strongly advocated that primaries should be he held before Congress finalises candidates for elections. So, why then he remained silent on such foolish flatteries?

What he missed was an opportunity to prove himself as a leader that doesn't believe in blandishments. There is no use of such political tourism that is clapped by Congress sycophants.

Rahul Gandhi should decide, whether he wants to become a leader or continue to remain the prince of Congress? If the Gandhi scion remains around the cover of such toadies, he is never going to grow. Forget about the post of Prime Minister of India, he can't even become the President of Congress party! If Sonia Gandhi can't trust him with the post of Congress President, how can India trust him as an alternative to Narendra Modi?

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