After his sexist remark against Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earned him the wrath of PM Modi and other BJP leaders, Congress president Rahul Gandhi again sparks controversy by saying, “respect for women begins at home”.
Rahul Gandhi had said that the prime minister “got a woman to defend him” in parliament instead of confronting the debate on the fighter jet deal that is at the core of a huge political row.
“The Prime Minister with his 56-inch chest did not come to the Lok Sabha for even a minute. For two and a half hours, Nirmala Sitharaman spoke. She could not answer our questions but Narendra Modi did not show his face for one minute in the Lok Sabha,” Gandhi said in his first public meeting in Jaipur since his party’s victory in the Rajasthan assembly elections last month.
“He ran away from the people’s court and he told a woman, Sitharamanji, that you protect me because I will not be able to protect myself,” Gandhi said in the context of the debate on the Rafale controversy in the Lok Sabha where the defence minister had responded on behalf of the government last week.
The comments by the Congress president is an “insult” to all the women in the country- Says PM Modi.
PM Narendra Modi Wednesday tore into Rahul Gandhi for saying he made ‘a woman’ defend him in Parliament over the Rafale deal, a reference to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, terming the remark as an insult to all women in the country.
“For the first time, a daughter of the county has become defence minister. It is a matter of pride. Our defence minister silenced all the opposition parties in parliament (on Rafale) and exposed their lies. They were so stunned that now they are insulting a woman defence minister. Not just the minister but they are insulting India’s women power,” PM Modi said at a rally in Agra in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
Later in the evening, Gandhi took a jibe at the PM saying in “our culture respect for women begins at home”.
With all due respect Modi Ji, in our culture respect for women begins at home.
Stop shaking. Be a man and answer my question: Did the Air Force and Defence Ministry object when you bypassed the original Rafale deal?
Yes? Or No? #RafaleScam
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 9, 2019
“Stop shaking. Be a man and answer my question: Did the Air Force and Defence Ministry object when you bypassed the original Rafale deal? Yes? Or No?” he tweeted. While Gandhi did not elaborate, some Congress leaders in the past have alleged that Modi deprived his wife of her rights.
BJP chief Amit Shah has also hit out at Gandhi and demanded an apology. “Defence Minister @nsitharaman’s outstanding speech in Parliament has silenced the opposition. Unable to counter her on facts, they’re resorting to misogyny. They owe an apology to India’s Nari Shakti,” he tweeted.
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