For CPI(M) Christ is a liberator: Pinarayi Vijayan

: Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Friday that his party held Jesus Christ in high esteem as the greatest campaigner in history for the liberation of the oppressed and exploited.

Responding to Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala's criticism about display of Jesus Christ's image at the exhibition being organised by the party in the capital in connection with its upcoming State conference, Mr. Vijayan said the CPI(M) had no hesitation in accepting Jesus Christ as a liberator as his life's mission was to fight against usurers and profiteers. Christ was crucified because of the strong position he had taken against the priestly class who abetted such ruthless exploitation, he pointed out.

Mr. Vijayan, who was inaugurating a national seminar on ‘Lok Pal Bill and Indian Democracy', organised as part of the CPI(M) State conference, said he was commenting on the issue as an aside in view of the attack mounted on the CPI(M) by the party's detractors over the issue. Cooperation beyond the realm of faith was in currency all through history. The idea had special relevance in contemporary times because there was the widespread thinking that the faithful and Communists should join hands to liberate the masses from capitalist exploitation, he said.

On corruption, the CPI(M) leader said that the identity of those who were fundamentally responsible for the 2 G scam was yet to be revealed. It was inconceivable that former Ministers A. Raja or Dayanidhi Maran could by themselves have committed such a major scam. Nor could P. Chidambaram be the lone person behind it. Initially, the Prime Minister had advised Mr. Raja to go in for spectrum allocation observing absolute transparency. He fell silent shortly thereafter. Similarly, the face-off between Mr. Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the way it was sought to be settled too showed how deep the roots of the scam went, Mr. Vijayan added.

Social Activist Aruna Roy, eminent legal educator N.R. Madhava Menon, the former MP Sebastian Paul, among others, addressed the seminar.

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