Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has provoked outrage with the comments while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the Rafale fighter jets deal. The National Commission for Women has issued notice to Mr. Gandhi with its Chief called his remark as “pathetic, sexist and misogynistic.”
Union Minister Sushma Swaraj claims that the comments mark a “new low” in the country’s politics and her colleague Smriti Irani turned on social media with a post hashtag #MisogynistRahul.
On Wednesday, at a rally in Rajasthan, the Congress President had mocked at PM Modi saying that he had a “mahila” (woman) defend him during the Rafale debate in the Parliament.
Mr. Gandhi said, “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.”
The Prime Minister of India has replied by alleging Mr. Gandhi of insulting “India’s first woman Defence Minister.”
PM Modi said at a rally in Agra that “For the first time, a daughter of the country has become defence minister. 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. They are insulting India’s women power.”
Later in the evening, the Congress Chief tweeted a response that turned out to be another specimen of sexism. Mr. Gandhi tweeted, “Stop shaking, Be a man.”
Several BHP leaders and supporters have reacted sharply to Mr. Gandhi comments.
Criticism of Rahul Gandhi remark come from various quarters on social media.
Nirmala Sitharaman has responded the Parliament to his allegations that PM Modi has signed an overpriced deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets to help the industrialist Anil Ambani, whose less experienced defence firm has won an offset contract with the French Rafale-maker Dassault.
Mr. Gandhi and his party kept accusing the Prime Minister and BJP leaders of avoiding the debate and leaving the Defence Minister alone to defend his questions in the Parliament.