AK Antony. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader A K Antony condoled the demise of CPI(M) politburo member and former party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Saturday after battling cancer.
Antony expressed "deep sorrow" at Kodiyeri 's demise. He told the media, "As a Communist, he was leader who stood on his grounds, never compromised on anything or anyone for the party."
"He never had any partiality towards anyone, he treated everybody with respect and love. Ideologies or faith did not matter. Kodiyeri was a leader anyone can adore. He was keen on keeping up the idea of brotherhood".
Antony also pointed out that Kodiyeri never added " fuel to fire" and adopted a peaceful approach towards conflicts.
"For years, we were friends. It's an irreparable loss to politics in Kerala," he said.
Former CPI(M) Kerala secretary and politbureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan passed away at 69 on Saturday.
He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan entered politics through a student wing Students' Federation of India. He was from the Kannur district and represented the Thalassery constituency in the state assembly for 23 years.