Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 13
The CPI(M) Kerala State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has stepped down in the wake of the arrest of his son in a narcotics case.
He has officially stepped down citing health reason though.
CPI(M) Central Committee member Vijaya Raghavan will assume the charge during his absence.
CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP K Somaprasad told The Tribune that Balakrishnan had requested to be relieved from the post for his ongoing medical treatment.
“He stepped down as his present health condition would not permit him to be very active in the upcoming local election. A full-time Secretary was needed,” Somaprasad said and added that the State Secretariat acceded to his request to relieve him.
Kerala is governed by CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). The ruling dispensation has its back to the wall with strident Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and aggressive BJP mounting pressure on it on several fronts, including gold smuggling case, and Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) investigation of Balakrishnan’s son.
Balakrishnan, considered to be wielding clout in the party, has stepped down ahead of local elections in the state, scheduled in December, and subsequent Assembly election, which is due about May next year.
This is in the backdrop of procrastinated debate within the party since his son, Bineesh Kodiyeri, came into the ED’s investigative net for alleged money laundering.
Bineesh was also investigated for the alleged involvement in a narcotics trade, regarding which he has been taken into custody.