Congress president Rahul Gandhi has refused to say sorry to his `sexiest’ comments against defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman and strongly defends his `misogynistic’ remarks against her. Furthermore, he said that he would made similar comments had a man been in-charge instead of her.
Once again he asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not Nirmala Sitharaman should have presented the Rafale defence in Parliament. He recalled that all the accusations are against Prime Minister who had reportedly helped Anil Ambani, but not the defence minister.
He went to the extent of advising his critics stating “Do not impose your sexism on me. I am very clear that the prime minister should have delivered that defence but he did not have the guts.”
Rahul Gandhi’s remarks at a rally in Jaipur, on the next day to debate in Lok Sabha, last week turned to be controversial. “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’,” Gandhi had said.
Terming the comment as “extremely misogynistic, offensive and unethical”, the National Commission for Women (NCW) issued a notice to the Congress president. In the notice, the women’s panel said it has taken suo motu cognisance of news reports “wherein it is reported that you have allegedly made remarks insulting against a woman minister”.
The NCW in the notice said, “It has been reported that you allegedly said “….. the PM ran away and asked a ‘mahila ‘- a veiled reference to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – to defend him”. “The remarks are extremely misogynistic, offensive, unethical and shows an extreme disrespect towards the dignity and honour of women in general,” the commission said. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal also condemned Gandhi’s remarks.