Referring to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's recent speech on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday the prime minister got \u201ca woman\u201d to defend him in Parliament, provoking a sharp retort from Narendra Modi. 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. \u201cThe 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,\u201d he said at the rally. \u201cFor two and a half hours, the woman could not defend him. I had asked a straight question \u2013 answer yes or no \u2013 but she couldn't answer,\u201d he said, using the Hindi word \u2018mahila' for a woman. Later in the speech, he accused the prime minister again of running away from the debate, but this time did not refer to the defence minister in the same manner. In his public meeting later in the day in Agra, Modi reacted strongly to Gandhi's remark. He said now the opposition is bent upon insulting a woman. \u201cThis is an insult to the women in the country,\u201d he added. He said Sitharaman defended the Rafale deal strongly.