New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday lashed out at Rahul Gandhi over Shashi Tharoor’s statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge

Demanding an apology from the Congress president over Tharoor’s remark, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Rahul 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.” Also Read - Full lockdown Is The Only Way to Stop Corona Now, Govt Doesn't Get It: Rahul Gandhi

He added, “While 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.” Also Read - Shashi Tharoor Admitted In Hospital Days After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Earlier in the day, hinting that the Prime Minister has reached beyond the limits of the right-wing organisation, Shashi Tharoor said that the change in PM Modi’s personality over the years has not gone down well with the ruling party’s parent organisation.

“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’,” Tharoor said while addressing an audience at Bengaluru Literature Festival on his recently launched book The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India.

Tharoor also attacked the Centre over the crisis at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and said that it has been undermining the key institutions of India build over the last 70 years.

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Congress MLA and daughter of former CM Sushil Kumar Shinde, Praniti Shinde, compared PM Modi with a ‘dengue mosquito’. Addressing a rally in Solapur, she said, “We have a new dengue mosquito in our country, whose name is Modi baba. Everyone is falling sick because of him. So do whatever you can, spray pesticides and throw him out of the power next time.”