New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple , the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday asked Rahul Gandhi to disclose his ‘gotra’.  “If Rahul wears a ‘janeu’, what type of ‘janeu’ does he wear, what is his ‘gotra’, asked BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, while addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.

Notably, Janeu is a sacred thread worn by some devout Hindu men. Gotra, in Hinduism, refers to a clan or a descendant in an unbroken line from a common male ancestor.

Patra’s statement against the Congress chief comes a day after senior Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor equated Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a scorpion by quoting an unnamed RSS source.

“There’s an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, who expressed their frustration to curb Modi — ‘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’ (slipper) either,” Tharoor had asaid, while speaking at the launch of his book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’ at the Bengaluru Literature Festival, on Sunday.

Following his (Tharoor) remarks, Patra, urged Rahul to axe Tharoor from the party, “The Congress has been bad-mouthing Lord Shiva, and the party chief  Rahul should remove Shashi Tharoor from party ranks with immediate effect.”

Last year in November, Rahul Gandhi had invoked Lord Shiva while responding to the BJP’s criticism of his visits to the temple during the Gujarat assembly elections.

“Main Shiv ka bhakt hoon, sachaai mein believe karta hoon. BJP jo bhi bole main apni sachaai mein believe karta hu (I am a devotee of Shiv. The BJP may say anything, but I will remain honest.),” Gandhi had retorted.

(With inputs from agencies)