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Who is Pinarayi Vijayan?

Pinarayi Vijayan

About Pinarayi Vijayan

Who is Pinarayi Vijayan?

Pinarayi Vijayan is an Indian politician and the current chief minister of Kerala. Serving since May 12, 2016, Vijayan is the 12th CM of the state. He is a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and served as the secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the CPI(M) from 1998 to 2015, which made his tenure the longest ever. He had also served in the Kerala government prior to his current stint. He was the Minister of Electric Power and Co-operatives from 1996 to 1998 in the Kerala government. In the May 2021 Kerala elections, Vijayan won as the CPI(M) candidate from Dharmadom constituency.
Born on May 24, 1945 in Pinarayi village of Malabar district in Madras Presidency, Vijayan was the youngest son of Koran and Kalyani. He had a total of 14 siblings of which only 3 survived. Soon after graduating from college, Vijayan started working as a handloom weaver for a year before joining pre–university course in the Government Brennen College, Thalassery. He earned his BA Economics degree from the same college.  
Vijayan is married to Kamala Vijayan, who is a retired teacher. The couple has two children, Vivek Kiran and T Veena.
Political career
He started his political career through student politics in Government Brennen College, Thalassery. He later joined the CPI(M) in 1964. He became the district secretary of the Kerala Students Federation (KSF), which later became the Students Federation of India (SFI). Later, he also served as the secretary and the state president of KSF. He then joined the Kerala State Youth Federation, which became the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI). He was prisoned for one and half year as during that time communists were organising political activities from hide-outs. He was also arrested and tortured during the period of Emergency.
He went on to become the president of the Kerala Co-Op Bank. He was also the Kannur district secretary of the CPI(M) when M V Raghavan left the party over the 'alternative document' row. Vijayan was elected to the politburo in 2002. In 2016, he became the CM of Kerala and held the portfolio of Home Affairs & Vigilance Departments along with few others.
In his tenure as the CM of Kerala, Vijayan has faced many issues beginning from Nipah, coronavirus pandemic, floods, Sabrimala Temple judgment, and allegations of scam. In 2021, Vijayan-led LDF  retained power in Kerala by bettering its 2016 tally and by breaking the state’s dreaded record of voting out every incumbent regime for the past 40 years. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala for the second time in a row on May 20, 2021.

Latest Updates on Pinarayi Vijayan

Gen AI conclave will help Kerala become leading hub of AI: CM Vijayan

In a Facebook post, Vijayan said over a thousand delegates will take part in the two-day conclave being organised at Kochi by global technology company IBM in collaboration with the state government

Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 5:28 PM IST

Uproar in Kerala Assembly after UDF accuses SFI of violence; CM defends it

The Congress-led UDF alleged that the CM and CPI(M) were providing political patronage to its student outfit SFI which they claimed was responsible for violent activities

Updated On : 04 Jul 2024 | 1:53 PM IST

Private company booked for polluting Periyar river near Kochi in Kerala

A police officer said a case was registered against the company based on a complaint from Shabeer, a local environment activist

Updated On : 29 Jun 2024 | 2:07 PM IST

Kerala Assembly passes resolution to change state's name to 'Keralam'

The Kerala Assembly passed the resolution for the second time because the Union Home Ministry, which reviewed the first resolution, suggested some technical changes

Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 7:43 PM IST

Two organ trafficking complaints received, 3 arrests made: Kerala CM

Kerala State Commission for Women had recently sought a report from the state police on the alleged organ trading reported by the media

Updated On : 21 Jun 2024 | 1:26 PM IST

Vijayan urges Centre to address NTA's 'incompetence' in conducting exams

The Central Government must take immediate steps to resolve this crisis at NTA and ensure a fair, transparent, and reliable examination process, Vijayan said

Updated On : 20 Jun 2024 | 2:05 PM IST

Kerala CM admits to repeated instances of bomb blasts in some Kannur areas

The submission by Vijayan came while rejecting the Congress-led UDF opposition's demand to adjourn the House proceedings

Updated On : 19 Jun 2024 | 12:25 PM IST

Kerala CM writes to PM after Veenu George denied to coordinate with Kuwait

The CM in his letter has claimed that denial of the clearance 'goes against the principles of cooperative federalism'

Updated On : 19 Jun 2024 | 11:27 AM IST

Over 300 residents in Kerala society seek treatment for food poisoning

The municipal authorities said the results of one round of tests of the water samples taken from the complex on Monday were not available yet

Updated On : 18 Jun 2024 | 12:49 PM IST

Kuwait fire: Kerala govt to provide Rs 5L to kin of those from state

According to information received by the government, 24 people from Kerala died in the incident

Updated On : 13 Jun 2024 | 1:30 PM IST

Kerala govt devising schemes to preserve environment, says CM Vijayan

Vijayan said this year's message on World Environment Day is to prevent land degradation and increase soil fertility

Updated On : 05 Jun 2024 | 1:10 PM IST

Left govt in Kerala enters fourth year, CM says poverty to end by 2025

Vijayan said the Left government has received various global accolades and recognition

Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 1:44 PM IST

Kerala's revenue soars to Rs 77K cr easing strain from centre: Minister

The minister pointed out that this represents a 60% increase in the state's own tax revenue over just three years

Updated On : 21 May 2024 | 12:34 PM IST

Kerala govt's borrowing lawsuit to be listed before constitution bench: SC

A bench of justices Surya Kant and K V Viswanathan, on April 1, had referred to a five-judge Constitution bench the lawsuit filed by the Kerala government raising the issue of ceiling on net borrowing

Updated On : 14 May 2024 | 12:49 PM IST

Kerala CM's foreign trip: Governor Khan 'thanks' media for information

Khan said he had earlier written to the President of India that the Raj Bhavan was 'kept in the dark' about such foreign visits

Updated On : 11 May 2024 | 2:03 PM IST

Kerala saved 200 MW power on May 3 due to self control: State govt

The minister said that a couple of days ago, the peak demand in the state was close to 6,000 MW

Updated On : 04 May 2024 | 12:16 PM IST

Referred to Gandhi's old name due to his recent statements: Kerala CM

Vijayan said that such a conduct from the Congress leader was "completely immature" and therefore, Gandhi should not simply repeat what some of his party's leaders in the state tell him

Updated On : 23 Apr 2024 | 1:06 PM IST

EC not acting in non-partisan manner: Kerala CM on PM Modi's Muslim remark

Vijayan contended it was a situation where the EC ought to have acted immediately, but till now it has been silent on the issue

Updated On : 23 Apr 2024 | 11:39 AM IST

Vijayan accuses PM Modi, Rahul of covering up Kerala's progress with lies

Targeting Modi for his recent remarks against the state government, Vijayan said the Prime Minister had mentioned the other day that corruption thrives in Kerala like in Bihar

Updated On : 21 Apr 2024 | 3:11 PM IST

UDF MPs unable to stand for state's interest in Parl: Kerala CM Vijayan

He said when the Centre was financially strangulating the state, the UDF members refused to meet the Union Finance Minister and did not stand up for the rights of Kerala

Updated On : 20 Apr 2024 | 2:51 PM IST