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|Secretary General of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee|
|Assumed office |
23 February 2015
|Preceded by||Pinarayi Vijayan|
|Member of Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|Assumed office |
3 April 2008
|Minister of Home Affairs, Kerala|
18 May 2006 – 18 May 2011
|Preceded by||Oommen Chandy|
|Succeeded by||Oommen Chandy|
|Born||16 November 1953|
Kodiyeri, Malabar district, Madras State, India
|Political party||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|Children||Bineesh Kodiyeri, Binoy Kodiyeri|
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is a political leader from Kerala, India. He has been Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee since 2015, the highest office within the party at the state level.
During the year 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 held the position of deputy opposition leader. He is also a politburo member of the CPI(M).
He entered politics through the students wing of CPI(M) in 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.
From 1980 to 1982, he was the Kannur District President of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI). At present, he is a CPI (M) Polit Bureau Member and CPI (M) Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader. He was elected as an MLA to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1982, 1987 and 2001 from Kannur. In 2006 & 2011 he was elected from Thalassery. On 23 February 2015, he was elected as the Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee.He was Minister of Home affairs of Kerala during the time of V S Achudanandan Ministry.
He was born in Kodiyeri (Kannur, Kerala) on 16 November 1953.He studied in Kodiyeri Junior Basic School & Oniyan High School. He became active in politics while studying at Mahatma Gandhi College, Mahe. He was active in Trivandrum University College during his college degree days. He married SR Vinodhini D/O MV Rajagopalan Master(EX MLA) and has two children,Binoy Kodiyeri,Bineesh Kodiyeri and Daughter-in law, Dr. Akhila and Reneeta Bineesh Grand children, Badhra B Kodiyeri, Karthik B kodiyeri,Vinayak B Kodiyeri, Bavinee B Kodiyeri.
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