As Rahul Gandhi had attacked defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, PM Modi took a jibe at the Congress president saying "he insulted India's first woman defence minister."
PM Narendra Modi was in Agra to attend a rally which where he held that the Congress party has a culture to defame and insult women. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had courted controversy by saying that prime minister "got a woman to defend him" in the Parliament on the Rafale deal case.
PM Modi said at the rally that "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."Reacting to this, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that "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?"
The controversy started when Rahul Gandhi, who was speaking at a rally in Rajasthan, had said that PM Modi called in a woman to defend himself and his government in the Parliament over Rafale jet deal.
Gandhi had said in the rally that "The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a woman, Sitharaman Ji, defend me. I won't be able to defend myself, defend me. For two and a half hours, the woman could not defend him. I had asked a straight question – answer yes or no – but she couldn't answer."