Bengaluru: 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). Hinting at PM Modi 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.

Hitting at the Centre over the crisis at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Tharoor said that it has been undermining the key institutions of India build over the last 70 years. Naming Rafale scam, demonetisation and foreign policy, the Congress MP said that these decisions were taken without a discussion in the Cabinet. Tharoor had announced his book in the first week of October.

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.”

About The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India

“Narendra Modi is a paradoxical man. He says one thing and does another. He gives voice to a number of liberal ideas while at the same time pandering to some of the most illiberal elements in Indian society, on whom he depends for political support. Another paradox is how a Prime Minister who prides himself on effective governance has, through his silence, appeared to condone the worst aspects of misgovernance-communal riots, lynchings, the violence of gau-rakshaks and so on. A third paradox is his talk of soaring ambitions for the country when his government’s performance is underwhelming,” the publisher Aleph Book Company said in a statement.