In a major embarrassment for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the CPI(M) leader's name is shown by Google on searching for 'Bad Chief Minister of India'. The phrase was searched as many as 20,000 times in a day on Monday, revealed Google Trends.
While the manner in which the search engine algorithm functions is complex, one of the reasons why his name is being thronged up on searching 'Bad Chief Minister of India' is due to the negative publicity he has received over the Sabarimala temple row. Pinarayi Vijayan Defends Women Entering Temple, Says ‘They Didn’t Land in Chopper’.
Scores of netizens have vented their anger against Vijayan, blaming him for the chaos prevalent in the temple town. The decision by his government to implement a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing the entry of women in menstruating age inside the Lord Ayyappa shrine is the "source of a conflict", said several commentators on social media.
Vijayan, under fire from right-wing groups and the Centre-ruling BJP, said his government had no role in instigating tensions in Sabarimala. On implementation of SC order on women's entry, the Chief Minister said he was "duty-bound" to implement the top court's order in "letter and spirit".
BJP president Amit Shah, however, attempted to counter Vijayan claiming that the state governments should exercise restraints on issues which involve the religious sentiments of the masses.