Bharatiya Janata Party leader O. Rajagopal has censured Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan for making critical remarks against the head of the erstwhile Travancore royal family.

Mr. Rajagopal told reporters here on Tuesday that Mr. Achuthanandan's remarks against Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma was deplorable as the royal family was being held in high esteem for its contributions to the Sree Padmanabha Temple.

In response to a question, Mr. Rajagopal said that the BJP would not withdraw its demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Marad violence in 2003. He said that reports that the party would back down from the demand were baseless.

He also said that the political untouchability against the BJP was preventing a joint Opposition agitation against corruption of the United Progressive Alliance government. The BJP, he said, was working for a better and corruption-free future for the country. A strong law was required for fighting corruption. He inaugurated a one-day fast by the district unit of the BJP against corruption. At the function, he said that common people were hit by pervasive corruption and price rise of essential commodities.

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