Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan steps down ahead of local body polls, cites health issues

The development comes in the wake of Balakrishnan's son being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate at Bengaluru in a money laundering case

Press Trust of India November 13, 2020 16:03:00 IST
Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan steps down ahead of local body polls, cites health issues

File image of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Image credit: Twitter/@b_kodiyeri

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala CPM secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has been granted leave on health grounds by the Marxist party for undergoing further treatment.

The party secretariat, which met in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, accepted the plea of leave sought by Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Left Democratic Front (LDF) convener A Vijayaraghavan has been entrusted with additional responsibilities of the state secretary.

The development comes days after Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate at Bengaluru in a money laundering case and the local body polls round the corner.

The shake-up within the CPM comes ahead of crucial elections to 1,200 local bodies scheduled in December, considered a semi-final before the Assembly elections next year.

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