Thiruvananthapuram | Pinarayi Vijayan, who is set to lead the LDF Government after being elected by the CPM Secretariat as the party’s Chief Minister candidate, is known as a man of few words, but with good administrative skill.
For 72-year-old Vijayan, who became MLA at the young age of 26, it has been a life dedicated to the Communist ideology for more than half a century.
He was born on 21 March 1944 in a poor family in the village of Pinarayi in Kannur district. Pinarayi Vijayan entered politics through student union activities at Govt Brennen College, Thalassery and eventually joined the Communist Party in 1964. He was brutally beaten during emergency in the seventies.
He was returning to parliamentary politics after holding the party reins for nearly two decades. He is CP (M)’s longest serving state secretary from 1998-2015.
Pinarayi Vijayan is the only politburo member who has been elected to the Kerala Assembly this time.
He won from Dharmadam, a Communist bastion, by 36905 votes in the election.
This is the fifth time he is elected to the Assembly. He had successfully contested from Koothuparambu in 1970, 1977, 1991 and from Payyyanur in 1996. Vijayan served as Power Minister in the E K Nayanar cabinet from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, he became the state secretary of the CPI(M), following the death of the incumbent Chadayan Govindan.
The CPI-M secretariat and party’s state committee met in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday in the presence of General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to decide the Chief Ministerial candidate, a day after the marxist party-led LDF romped home to power in the Assembly polls.
92-year CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan, who was also elected to the Assembly, was also considered for the top slot. Considering the popularity and seniority of Achuthanandan who had led the LDF campaign, there were reports that the party was likely to accommodate the veteran in the government by providing him with an alternative top post.