New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor cannot explain himself enough over the scorpion controversy. Responding to Law Minister RS Prasad’s allegation that Tharoor had insulted Shiva, the latter took to Twitter to ask, “Could you explain where the alleged insult lies? I worship a Shivling at home & carry a miniature Shivling in my pocket daily. Insulting Lord Shiva is unthinkable for me. But exploiting him for petty politics is apparently OK for you.” (Also read: ‘Shashi Tharoor Would’ve Been Silenced by Not if it Was Pakistan,’ Says Giriraj Singh)

Minister Prasad had demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi apologised for the insult to Shiva. “While Rahul Gandhi 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. Rahul Gandhi, you claim yourself be to a Shiv Bhakt, please reply to this very horrific denunciation of Lord Mahadev by giving the apology to what Tharoor has done,” he said.

In his defence, Tharoor has also said, “This comment (not by me) has been in the public domain for six years. RS Prasad making an issue of a 6yr old quote shows how little new the BJP has to offer the nation. As for media subserving the BJP’s desire for “controversy”, when will this “profession” develop any self-respect?”Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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