Birthday greetings for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan trickled in from leaders cutting across political lines, as he turned 78 on Wednesday, 24 May.
However, there were no formal birthday celebrations in the state to mark the day. Sources close to him said, Pinarayi Vijayan continued his official work as usual on the day.
“The day is also significant as it completed seven years as Chief Minister of the state,” they told PTI.
Pinarayi Vijayan, a member of the CPI(M) politburo, has been serving as Kerala CM since 25 May 2016.
There is no celebration, as always, to mark the birthday, sources added.
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People from various walks of life, including political figures took to social media to extend their birthday greetings to the Kerala CM.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, in a tweet, wished Pinarayi Vijayan good health and long life.
“Birthday greetings to the Chief Minister of Kerala Shri @pinarayivijayan ji. May you be blessed with good health and long life,” he tweeted.
Birthday greetings to the Chief Minister of Kerala Shri @pinarayivijayan ji. May you be blessed with good health and long life.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) May 24, 2023
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin tweeted in Malayalam to extend his wishes.
In the tweet, Stalin called Pinarayi Vijayan a “dear comrade” and wished him a long life and health. He also said Vijayan is the leader who scripts the success story of Kerala through his comprehensive efforts.
ബഹുമാനപ്പെട്ട കേരള മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയും എന്റെ പ്രിയ സഖാവുമായ തിരു @pinarayivijayan-ന് പിറന്നാള് ആശംസകള്.
സമഗ്ര പ്രയത്നം കൊണ്ട് കേരളത്തിന്റെ വിജയ ഗാഥ രചിക്കുന്ന അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് ദീര്ഘായുസ്സും ആരോഗ്യവും ഉണ്ടാകട്ടെ. pic.twitter.com/gpSCaiJ9YD
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 24, 2023
Malayalam superstar Mammootty, who is close to Pinarayi Vijayan, shared a photo of him with the CM on his Facebook and wished him a happy birthday.
State PWD minister and Pinarayi Vijayan’s son-in-law P A Muhammed Riyas also took to social media to extend greetings on the day.
In his FB post, Riyas described him as a “comrade” and posted a photo of the Chief Minister.
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