Pinarayi Vijayan is the current Chief Minister of Kerala, and a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was born in a poor family in Kannur district, and completed his schooling from the Peralassery High School. He joined the Government Brennen College for pre-university studies. He entered active politics through student unions, before formally joining the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1964. He held various important positions in the party, including being a member of the district committee and district secretariat in Kannur, before being elected the Kannur District Secretary in 1986. Eventually, he became Kerala state secretary in 1998. Before being crowned the Chief Minister, he held vital portfolios including Minister of Electricity and Minister of Co-operatives in the state of Kerala.
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