Whilst Kerala gears up for a high-stakes native physique election in December, solely months earlier than the state Meeting elections scheduled for mid-2021, the Communist Social gathering of India-Marxist (CPIM) at present authorised a go away of absence for Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the state occasion secretary, on medical grounds.
A Vijayaraghavan, convenor of the ruling Left Democratic Entrance (LDF), will maintain cost as state secretary, in line with a celebration assertion launched at present.
That is the second time Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is occurring go away for remedy this 12 months after he was identified with most cancers. There isn’t any readability on how lengthy will he be away this time. Notably, although, nobody was formally assigned Mr Balakrishnan’s accountability the final time.
The medical go away comes weeks after the arrest of Mr Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri in an alleged cash laundering case linked to a narcotics case in Bengaluru. The primary accused within the case, a drug peddler, in line with the probe company, had shut hyperlinks with the CPM chief’s son. Earlier this month, the Enforcement Directorate raided Bineesh Kodiyeri’s Thiruvananthapuram residence in reference to the case.
The CPIM has, nonetheless, publicly backed the veteran chief, saying his son will not be being shielded by the occasion or the state authorities and that Mr Balakrishnan himself had executed no incorrect. The opposition had been demanding his resignation.
“The opposition calls for are baseless and political gimmicks. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wants additional remedy. And, as a result of risk of COVID-19 pandemic, it is an added problem for him to journey throughout the state on account of his medical situation. It is on this context that A Vijayaraghavan has been given the obligation of state secretary,” Parliamentarian KK Ragesh advised NDTV.