On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of insulting India’s first woman defence minister Niramala Sitharaman in the Rafale controversy.
Rahul Gandhi said that the PM got a woman to defend him in parliament instead of confronting the debate on the fighter jet deal.
Reacting to the issue, Modi said, “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.”
With this, Rahul Gandhi took to his official Twitter handle and wrote –
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