‘Narendra Modi a scorpion on Shivling, can’t remove with hand or hit with chappal’

Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday quoted an unnamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) source  who gave a controversial statement by comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a “scorpion sitting on a Shivling”.

In Bengaluru, Tharoor commented on the dynamics between Modi and the RSS ,saying, “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 & you cannot hit it with a chappal either.”

Modi has been able to rise above RSS because of Hindutva politics  but  has been the cause of frustration within its ranks.

He was speaking to a packed audience at Bengaluru Literature Festival, on his book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister” on Sunday.

Criticising the Modi government for being the most centralised government in the recent memory, he said that previously empowered officials now had to wait for the consent of officials in the Prime Minister’s Office. “As a result, the Home Minister does not know that CBI director is being changed, Foreign Minister is not aware of change in foreign policy of the government and the Defence Minister does not know about changes made in Rafale deal till the last moment,” he said.

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