Rahul insulted women with his remark on defence minister: Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi saying that the Congress chief insulted women with his remark on the defence minister. The Congress chief had earlier today said that the PM ran away and asked a ‘mahila’ — a veiled reference to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman — to defend him.
The Prime Minister who was addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra lashed out at his critics saying that a rattled opposition has resorted to insulting a woman defence minister.
“Our defence minister give a befitting reply to our opponents. She has exposed their lies. They are so rattled that they have resorted to insulting the defence minister. This is not only an insult of the defence minister but this is an insult of the entire womenfolks of the country,” he said according to reports.
Earlier today, referring to Modi as a prime minister who claimed to have a broad chest, Gandhi said, he had “run away” from a debate in Parliament on the issue.
“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 at the rally.
“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 said, using the Hindi word ‘mahila’ for a woman.
In Agra, the Prime Minister also dismissed the efforts to forge an anti-BJP alliance, saying that political rivals who did not even like seeing each other are now coming together just to oppose him.
The PM was in Agra to launch several development projects worth Rs 2,980 crore.
He launched the Gangajal project to provide better and more assured water supply and also laid the foundation stone for an Integrated Command and Control Centre for the Agra Smart City project.
The smart city project is meant to develop the tourism destination as a modern world-class city.
The Gangajal programme will provide Agra with better water supply, benefitting both the residents of the city as well as tourists, officials said.
Besides, the SN Medical College in Agra will be upgraded with a 100-bed maternity wing.
This is Modi’s second visit to the city.