Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Biography

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was an Indian politician who belonged to the Communist Party of India. He was born on November 16, 1953, and passed away on October 1, 2022. (Marxist). Between the years of 2015 and 2022, he served as the secretary of the CPI(M) Kerala State Committee.  Because of his deteriorating health, he decided to resign from his job as secretary of state. He was the Chief Editor of the Deshabhimani newspaper, which is written in Malayalam.

In addition to his role as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2016, Balakrishnan also held the position of State Minister of Home Affairs and Tourism under the Achuthananadan Ministry from 2006 to 2011. He served in both of these roles from 2001 until 2016. Between the years 1982 and 1991, as well as between the years 2001 and 2016, he served as the representative for the Thalassery State Assembly Constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.


Political life

In 1970, Balakrishnan began politics by joining the student branch of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Between the years 1973 and 1979, he served as the Secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), as well as the All India Joint Secretary of the SFI. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was held in custody under the MISA for a period of sixteen months while the country was in a state of emergency.

Between the years 1980 and 1982, he served as the President of the Democratic Youth Federation of India’s Kannur District (DYFI). At present, he serves as a member of the CPI (M) Politburo and formerly held the position of CPI (M) Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader. In 1982, 1987, 2001, 2006, and 2011 he was chosen to represent Thalassery in the Kerala Legislative Assembly as a Member of Legislative Assembly. During the tenure of V. S. Achudanandan as Chief Minister of Kerala, he served as the state’s Minister of Home Affairs. His election to the position of Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala State Committee took place on February 23, 2015, and it will last for a duration of three years. In 2018, he won re-election to a second term in his position as State Secretary, and in March 2022, he won re-election to a third term in same position. Because of his deteriorating health, he decided to resign from his post on August 28, 2022, and M. V. Govindan was appointed to take his place.



Personal life and death

Balakrishnan was born in Kodiyeri, Thalassery to Kunjunni Kurup and Narayani Amma on November 16 1953. He attended Kodiyeri Junior Basic School and Oniyan High School during his educational career. While attending Mahatma Gandhi Government Arts College in Mahé, he became politically engaged. He was also politically engaged while attending University College in Thiruvananthapuram.

He wed S. R. Vinodini, the daughter of a former Member of Legislative Assembly named M. V. Rajagopalan Master, in 1980. The couple went on to have two children: Binoy Kodiyeri and Bineesh Kodiyeri.


Cause of Death

As a result of Balakrishnan’s deteriorating health and the subsequent discovery that he had pancreatic cancer, he was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai on August 28, 2022. [8] On October 1st, 2022, he passed away at the age of 68.