Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee
Assumed office
February 23, 2015
Preceded by Pinarayi Vijayan
Member of Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Assumed office
April 3, 2008
Minister of Home Affairs Kerala State
In office
Preceded by Oommen Chandy
Succeeded by Oommen Chandy
Personal details
Born (1953-11-16) 16 November 1953 (age 61)
Kodiyeri, Kannur, India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI-M-flag.svg
Children 2
Religion None

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is one of the prominent communist leader from Kerala, India. He is the current Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee.

During 2001 to 2006 United Democratic Front (India) (UDF) government, he was the deputy opposition leader of Left Democratic Front (Kerala) (LDF), and in 2011 he retained the same position and still continues. During 2006 to 2011 LDF government, he was the home and tourism minister of Kerala state. At present he is also a politburo member of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M).[1]

Political Life[edit]

He came to politics through the students wing of CPI-M at 1970. He was Secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and its All India Joint Secretary between 1973 and 1979. During the time of The Emergency (India) Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was imprisoned under MISA for 16 months.

During 1980 to 1982, he was the Kannur District President of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI). At present he is CPI (M) Polit Bureau Member and CPI (M) Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader. He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1982, 1987 and 2001 from Kannur and in 2006 & 2011 he was elected from thalashery.[2]

On 10 July 2013, The High Court demanded a vigilance investigation against Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and other CPM cadres for irregularities regarding funds up to 3 crore Rupees taken from the State Treasury. These funds were used to hire expensive out-of-state lawyers who appeared on Mr. Balakrishnan's behalf when he was Minister. The Minister is among those believed to be involved in the SNC Lavalin case.

On 23 February 2015 , he was elected as the Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Kodiyeri (Kannur,Kerala) on 16 November 1953. He studied in Kodiyeri Junior Basic School & Onion High School and collegiate Education in Trivandrum University College. He is married and has two children, Bineesh and Binoy.[3]


CPIM website- http://cpim.org/content/kodiyeri-balakrishnan

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