Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party chief, on Wednesday, insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “Be a man,” while addressing a public rally in Rajasthan.
Mr. Gandhi, speaking about a previous debate regarding the Rafale deal, said, “The watchman (PM Modi) 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.” He further referred to Narendra Modi and said, “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 criticism went on with Rahul Gandhi stating, PM Modi, while addressing the public at a rally in Agra, attacked Rahul Gandhi with a comment, saying, “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. They are insulting India’s women power.”
Soon, Sushma Swaraj, the Ministers of External Affairs of India, and Smriti Irani, the Minister of Textiles, slammed Rahul Gandhi for his misogynistic comments against Nirmala Sitharaman. Both the women took to Twitter and targeted Mr. Gandhi using #MisogynistRahul.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) January 10, 2019
Rahul Gandhi’s comments on Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s reply to a debate on a subject relating to Ministry of Defence is a new low in the history of Indian politics.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 9, 2019
The debate about the Rafale deal was discussed in the Parliament, where, in the absence of Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence Minister of India, answered the questions and defended Mr. Modi.
The citizens of India took to Twitter and criticised Rahul Gandhi for his disrespectful comments about Nirmala Sitharaman and the women of India, using #BeAMan.
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 10, 2019
— Bharti Chaudhary 🇮🇳 (@Bhartispeaks) January 10, 2019