Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan celebrates 75th birthday today

K Balakrishnan

Pinarayi Vijayan’s entry to active politics from student politics was because of a special appointment.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is celebrating his 75th birthday on Sunday. Unlike many other political leaders who think one and expresses something else, with Pinarayi Vijayan ‘what you see is what you get’. That’s one thing that has always distinguished him from other political leaders.

Pinarayi Vijayan’s entry to active politics from student politics was facilitated by a special appointment. This was back in 1960s, when CPM’s activities in Thalassery languished due to the clashes with rival political parties. State Party Secretary CH Kanaran appointed Pinarayi Vijayan as the Thalassery constituency secretary of CPM, overlooking many senior party members. What happened next is the modern political history of Thalassery.

It also has to be noted that it was Pinarayi Vijayan, then MLA, and his group who tried to resolve the clashes first during the Thalassery communal riot that took place in December 1971 and January 1972, according to Vithayath commission report.

His punctuality is also very famous. He appears for meetings before the stipulated time and only speaks what he has in his mind. This punctuality often creates problems for organizers and media personnel. This punctuality is evident in the daily COVID-19 press meetings too.

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