Rahul Gandhi Hits Back At PM Modi, "Stop Shaking. Be A Man"

Rahul Gandhi Hits Back At PM Modi, "Stop Shaking. Be A Man"

Rahul Gandhi Hits Back At PM Modi, "Stop Shaking. Be A Man" 

New Delhi: On Wednesday, PM Modi accused the Congress of insulting "India's first woman defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman", in the Rafale controversy. Rahul Gandhi, the President of Congress had said that the prime minister "got a woman to defend him" in parliament instead of confronting the debate on the fighter jet deal that is at the core of a huge political row.

PM 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,"  at a rally in Agra in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

The Congress President, later in the evening had hit back with piercing taunt. "Stop shaking, Be a man," he tweeted.

It all started when at a rally in Rajasthan earlier in the day, the Congress chief mocked PM Modi saying he told a woman to defend him on Rafale in parliament.

"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," said Mr Gandhi, using the Hindi word 'mahila'' for woman.

The Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman is the first full-time woman defence minister of the country, but Indira Gandhi was the first woman to hold the defence portfolio.

Earlier, the 59 year old, Ms Sitharaman delivered a marathon rebuttal in parliament to the Congress President's allegations that PM Modi signed an overpriced deal for 36 Rafale jets to help industrialist Anil Ambani, whose inexperienced defence firm won an offset contract with Rafale-maker Dassault.

The Congress Chief kept accusing the prime minister of avoiding the debate by not attending parliament.

Mr Gandhi also demanded a "yes or no" answer from the Ms Sitharaman on whether the defence ministry or the Air Force raised objections when an earlier deal for 126 Rafale jets negotiated by the previous Congress-led UPA was scrapped.

The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party alleges that the previous plan didn't materialise because the Congress failed to score a lucrative deal.