Tharoor Says Modi is lIke a Scorpion Siting on a Shivling
New Delhi, 28 October : In a statement that could trigger a controversy, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor quoted an RSS “source” to compare Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, which cannot be removed with hands or hit with ‘chappal’ (slippers). Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Tharoor said the “personality cult” of Modi did not sit well with many in the RSS establishment.
“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 and you cannot hit it with a chappal either,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP said. He said metaphor highlights RSS’ frustration with their inability to curb Narendra Modi.
Drawing the controversial analogy, Tharoor said: “If you remove a scorpion with your hand, you’ll get stung very badly. But if you hit a Shivling with a chappal then you have undermined all the sacred tenets of the faith that you hold in the scorpion that’s sitting there.”
Earlier this year, Tharoor had courted a huge controversy with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.