The Smiling Communist


Senior leader and former Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, known for his organisational calibre and Parliamentary expertise, died at Apollo Hospital in Chennai on Saturday. He was 70.
He had been undergoing treatment for cancer for some time. Considered as the second strongest leader in the Kerala CPI(M) after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan these days, Balakrishnan was a politburo member of the Left party, who had served as the CPI(M)'s State secretary from 2015 to 2022. Photos Mathrubhumi/pti
 

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With Thomas Issac and Elamaram Kareem

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With Brinda Karat

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Mathrubhumi Managing Director MP Veerendrakumar and Managing Editor PV Chandran receive CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at Mathrubhumi head office in Kozhikode. CPM leaders P Mohanan and TP Ramakrishnan are also seen.

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan with VS Achuthanandan

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E Ahmed, KM Mani, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in conversation at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Kannur International Airport at Mattanur.

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan with Sreenivasan and Bineesh Kodiyeri during the marriage ceremony of Dhyan Sreenivasan

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With K Sudhakaran

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan with CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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With M A Baby

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Sitaram Yechury

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan with K T Jaleel, Sreeramakrishnan

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Kodiyeri with M V Shreyamskumar

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