|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2009)|
|Member of Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|Minister of Home Affairs Kerala State|
|Preceded by||Oommen Chandy|
|Succeeded by||Oommen Chandy|
16 November 1953 |
Kodiyeri, Kannur, India
|Political party||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
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 a politburo member of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) 
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.
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.
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.
CPIM website- http://cpim.org/content/kodiyeri-balakrishnan
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