National Commission for Women (NCW) is all set to serve a notice to the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making misogynist remarks during one of his rallies. While referring to Defence Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech on the the Rafale issue in Parliament, Gandhi said that Prime Minister Modi got a woman to to defend himself.
His remarks have provoked sharp remarks from the Prime Minister himself, who called this an insult of India’s ‘Nari-shakti (women power)’. And now with the NCW sending a notice to the Congress President, it seems like the controversy would only escalate in coming days.
While addressing a rally at Jaipur in Rajasthan, Gandhi said the PM, who “claims to have a broad chest”, had “run away” from a debate in Parliament on the matter.
“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,” he said. “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,” said Gandhi. Responding to Gandhi, Modi, while addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, said the opposition is insulting a woman. “This is an insult to the women in the country,” he added.
Notably, Sitharaman had responded to Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal during the debate in Lok Sabha, which was not attended by PM Modi.