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Rahul resorting to misogyny, should apologise to Indian women: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BJP Wednesday accused of resorting to "misogyny" and "insulting" women with his 'got a woman to defend him in Parliament' remarks, saying the owed an apology to Indian women.

Calling Modi a who claimed to have a broad chest, Gandhi said he had "run away" from the debate in deal last week.

"The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a woman, ji, defend me. I won't be able to defend myself, defend me," the said at a farmers' rally in

Shah said the and its leaders owed an apology to "India's Nari Shakti".

His attack came hours after Modi at his rally in targeted Gandhi for his remarks and accused the Congress leaders of insulting the country's women.

Shah tweeted a video of the prime minister's rebuttal to the Congress and said, "outstanding speech in Parliament has silenced the opposition. Unable to counter her on facts, they are resorting to misogyny".

The Congress leader, in another speech, again accused Modi of running away from the debate on Rafale, but this time did not refer to the

In his speech, Modi applauded for her parliamentary address on the controversial jet deal, saying she floored the Opposition in the by coming up with "fact after fact" on the deal.

"They are bent upon insulting a woman defence minister," Modi said without naming Gandhi.

"This is not an insult to a woman, but an insult to entire India's women power, for which these irresponsible leaders will have to pay the price," he said.

The added that it was a matter of pride that a woman had become the of the country for the first time.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 22:00 IST