CPI( M) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan goes on leave for treatment
A press release provided by the CPM State secretariat said Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor, A. Vijayaraghavan, would officiate as party State secretary in Mr. Balakrishnan’s stead.
Communist Celebration of India( Marxist) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan|Picture Credit:
A press release provided by the CPM State secretariat said Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor, A. Vijayaraghavan, would officiate as celebration State secretary in Mr. Balakrishnan’s stead.
The State secretary of the Communist Celebration of India (Marxist), Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, on Friday went on a leave of absence for treatment purposes.
A news release issued by the CPI( M) State secretariat stated Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor, A. Vijayaraghavan, would officiate as celebration State secretary in Mr. Balakrishnan’s stead.
The CPI( M) has not set any date for Mr. Balakrishnan’s go back to the helm of the party’s State unit.
CPI( M) main committee member M.V. Govindan stated Mr. Balakrishnan’s decision to go on leave had absolutely nothing to do with the arrest and imprisonment of his son Bineesh Kodiyeri on drug trafficking associated cash laundering charges by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Bangalore as insinuated by some quarters.
Mr. Balakrishnan had looked for the authorization of the CPM State secretariat to go on leave temporarily for treatment. He said the arrest of Bineesh was an individual matter and not a political issue worrying the CPI( M).
When asked why the CPI( M) had not put any person in Mr. Balakrishnan’s stead when he went on extended leave to the U.S. for treatment last year, Mr. Govindan stated the situations were various between then and now.
Mr. Vijayaraghavan presumes charge as CPI( M) State secretary at a time when the celebration faced strong political headwinds and an energised opposition in the run-up to the local body surveys in December.
The scandals centred around the UAE gold smuggling case and the arrests of Mr. Bineesh and M. Sivasankar, previous Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, had perhaps not augured well for the public image of the government and Left Democratic Front (LDF). Congress and Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) had required that Mr. Vijayan and Mr. Balakrishnan stopped their respective posts.
Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala declared Mr. Balakrishnan’s choice to go on leave presaged the growing rumblings of disobedience in the CPM.
” The arrests of Mr. Sivasankar and Mr. Bineesh were signs of the rot that has embeded in the CPI( M) and the federal government. Mr. Vijayan had soaked the celebration and federal government in corruption and criminality.
” Validating the shenanigans of the federal government and kin of party leaders had become an enormous and inescapable obligation for CPI( M) employees.
” They discovered it challenging to face the electorate or project for the LDF at the hustings. The CPI( M) sensed celebration workers were on the verge of mutiny and ‘removed’ the celebration secretary. It might be the turn of the Chief Minister next”, Mr. Chennithala said.
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