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|Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee|
February 23, 2015
|Preceded by||Pinarayi Vijayan|
|Member of Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
April 3, 2008
|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 the 2001–2006 United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala, he was the deputy opposition leader of the Left Democratic Front (LDF). During the 2006–2011 LDF government in Kerala, he was the Minister of Home Affairs and Tourism, and since 2011 he has again served as deputy opposition leader. He is also a politburo member of the 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 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.
He was born in Kodiyeri (Kannur,Kerala) on 16 November 1953. He studied in Kodiyeri Junior Basic School & Onion High School. He became active in politics while studying Pre-Degree at Mahtma Gandhi College , Mahe. He was active in Trivandrum University College during his degree. He is married and has two children, Bineesh and Binoy.
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