For a while now, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has done well to recalibrate his tough image. The septuagenarian Marxist leader sports a softer smile more frequently than usual, hilarity makes a dash in his social media interactions—it was clear from the CM’s tweets during the BJP’s recent Janaraksha yatra in his state. Even so, black humour seems chasing him no end.
The latest instance is that of a cabinet colleague of Vijayan’s having to quit. Thomas Chandy is the third minister in a year’s time to resign from the Pinarayi government, formed in May 2016 after the Left combine won with the poll slogan Ellam Sariyakum (Everything will be alright). If public criticism stung the preceding Congress regime defined by stinking tales of corruption, the same menace has already brought major embarrassment to the current dispensation. It seems to be rapidly losing plot after assuming the high moral ground.