Emerging strong against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's remark of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being "anti-women", External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj has said that her party has given four women chief ministers to the country.
While interacting with over one lakh women in poll-bound Gujarat at Ahmedabad on Saturday, Swaraj said, "Rivals call BJP anti-women party but it gave four women chief ministers and four women governors to the country. Also, there are six women cabinet ministers under the BJP Government."
She added, "I was made the EAM in May 2014 and now Nirmala Sitharaman is the Defence Minister. Two out of four Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) members are women now."
Hailing her party, the senior BJP leader said, "Prior to our government, no woman was ever been a member of CCS that comprises the Home Ministry, the External Affairs Ministry, Defence and Finance ministry."
Earlier, the Congress vice-president, during a program in his Gujarat rally, targeted the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and accused them of neglecting women and said that it wasn't interested in women's rights.
"How many women are in the RSS? Have you ever seen women in shorts working with RSS? I have never seen. You see women in the Congress all the time. In the RSS you will never see women," said Gandhi.
Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi over his remarks, Swaraj added that these kinds of words do not suit the stature of a political leader.
The Congress vice-president has received backlash from BJP and RSS over his statement, which was considered derogatory to women. RSS earlier also demanded an apology from the Congress leader over his remarks.