Remarks row: VHP slams Achuthanandan

Kochi: VHP on Wednesday slammed CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan for his comment against the head of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family that he had attempted to remove priceless articles from the Sree Padmabahaswamy temple.

"Devotees should not give any importance to such comments from an atheist," VHP international president Ashok Singhal told reporters at the airport Tuesday night.

The kings, who ruled the land for several years, had preserved the temple treasures even at their time of difficulties. The huge volume of treasure discovered in the temple vaults was a real pride of the country, he said.

The former Kerala Chief Minister had said there had been complaints that the present head of the royal house Uthradam Tirunal Marthanda Varma had attempted to remove temple wealth in small quantities while returning after daily worship.

Singhal said the crusade against corruption led by Anna Hazare has been taken up by the people of the country. No patriot would say that the Anna's agitation was wrong and improper.

"Anna Hazare is a true Gandhian and patriotic. Most of the elected representatives are corrupt. The people should come forward to oppose the corrupted representatives," he said.

Criticising writer-activist Arundhati Roy, who had reportedly questioned the anti-corruption initiative of Hazare, Singhal said those who criticise Hazare were not patriotic.