is one of the prominent communist leader from Kerala
During 2001 to 2006 United Democratic Front
(UDF) government, he was the deputy opposition leader of Left Democratic Front
(LDF). During 2006 to 2011 LDF government, he was the home and tourism minister of Kerala state. At present he is a politburo member of Communist Party of India
He came to politics through the students wing of CPI-M at 1970.He was Secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the Students' Federation of India
(SFI) and its All India Joint Secretary between 1973 and 1979. During the time of The Emergency
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was imprisoned under MISA for 16 months.
During 1980 to 1982, he was the Kannur District President of Democratic Youth Federation of India
(DYFI).At present he is CPI (M) Polit Bureau Member and CPI (M) Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader. He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1982, 1987 and 2001 from Kannur and in 2006 & 2011 he was elected from Tellichery.
He was born in Kodiyeri (Kannur,Kerala) on 16 November 1953. He studied in Kodiyeri Junior Basic School & Onion High School and collegiate Education in Trivandrum University College. He is married and has two children.
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