New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday hit out at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for making the 'scorpion' comparison with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said Congress President Rahul Gandhi should immediately issue a clarification or tender an apology.
"You call yourself Shiv Bhakt, but your subordinate colleague has spoken about throwing chappal on Shivlinga. Is this not an insult of Lord Shiva", senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here. He cautioned the Congress leadership that such "insults on Hindu Gods and Goddesses will not be tolerated by this country". "Pura desh dekh raha hae, desh iska jawab dega (The entire country has seen what Congress leaders have been doing and the country will give a befitting reply)," said Mr Prasad. "These also reflect the utter frustration of Mr Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party," he said adding, "But my question is for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi do you approve the manner Tharoor has spoken about throwing chappals on Shivlinga".
"Please clarify before the country or tender apology," he said adding it was most unbecoming that a "chargesheeted Congress leader is making such comments on Hindu deities". Earlier in the day, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha wondered whether Mr Tharoor has made the comment with the approval of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "Tharoor should immediately tender an apology both to the Prime Minister and the RSS," he said.
The Rajya Sabha MP said in public discourse there should be "decorum".
Speaking at Bengaluru Literature Festival, Congress MP Tharoor said: "There's an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, - Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, you cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a 'chappal' either". UNI