The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday hit out at Rahul Gandhi over Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's remarks on Shiv Linga and demanded an apology from the â€œShiv Bhaktâ€ Congress president.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: â€œRahul Gandhi you claim yourself be to a Shiv Bhakt, please reply to this very horrific denunciation of Lord Mahadev by giving apology to what Tharoor has done.â€Â
The BJPâ€™s reactions came a day after Tharoor claimed an unnamed RSS source had told a journalist that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a scorpion sitting on a Shiva linga who can't be removed by hand or hit with chappal.Â
â€œThereâ€™s an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, that, â€˜Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, you canâ€™t remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a chappal eitherâ€™,â€ the Congress MP said while speaking at the Bengaluru Literature Festival on his recently launched book â€œThe Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His Indiaâ€ on Saturday.
#WATCH Shashi Tharoor in Bengaluru, says, "There's an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, that, "Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, you can't remove him with your hand & you cannot hit it with a chappal either."(27.10) pic.twitter.com/E6At7WrCG5â€” ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2018
Hitting back, Prasad said: â€œWhile Rahul Gandhi who claims himself to be a Shiv bhakt, one of his small leaders has almost abused the sanctity of Shiv Linga and Lord Mahadev by referring to chappal attack through named sources.â€Â
Many on Twitter also criticised the statement of the former union minister.
Author and screenwriter Advaita Kala tweeted, "In the past two days PM Modi has been called on different public platforms - a namak haram, a dengue mosquito who needs to be exterminated with pesticide and a scorpion - by those who complain about a drop in public and political discourse."
In the past two days PM Modi has been called on different public platforms - a namak haram, a dengue mosquito who needs to be exterminated with pesticide and a scorpion - by those who complain about a drop in public and political discourse.â€” Advaita Kala / à¤…à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ˆà¤¤à¤¾ à¤•à¤¾à¤²à¤¾ (@AdvaitaKala) October 28, 2018
BJP minister Babul Supriyo tweeted:
Extremely disappointed by what @ShashiTharoor said abt Honâ€™ble PMâ€¢Makes me wonder once again if educated people leave their so-called education behind when in Politicsâ€¢Use of Foul Language is a sure indication that @INCIndia is frustratedunder the bizarre leadership of RaBaBaBaâ€” Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) October 28, 2018
On Friday, Tharoor officially launched the book at Delhiâ€™s Nehru Memorial Museum & Library. Inaugurated by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the panel, moderated by senior journalist Bhupendra Chaubey, comprised Arun Shourie, former bureaucrat Pavan K Varma, former AAP spokesman Ashutosh, and Congress party leader P Chidambaram.