Pinarayi Vijayan’s supporters say the gold smuggling case was orchestrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to implicate him and say they have faith in their leader.
Pinarayi, a coconut palm tree-shaded village in north Kerala, has been a communist stronghold since the late 1930s. It is known as mini-Moscow even as the Russian capital is no longer the seat of power of the Soviet Union, the biggest communist state before its collapse in 1991. There are understandably hardly any posters of parties other than that of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), in the village, which has produced some of the top communist leaders including chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, 76. AK Gopalan, a founding CPI(M) member, also belonged to Pinarayi in the Kannur district.
Residents are hopeful about the return of Vijayattan, as the chief minister is popularly known, to power even as Kerala has had a tradition of switching parties in power every five years. The village has good roads, freshly painted government offices, a convention centre, synthetic tracks at the nearby Government Brennen College, the chief minister’s alma mater.
News Source : Hindustan times