Even as Kerala gears up for a high-stakes native physique election in December, solely months earlier than the state Assembly elections scheduled for mid-2021, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) right this moment permitted a depart of absence for Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the state celebration secretary, on medical grounds.
A Vijayaraghavan, convenor of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), will maintain cost as state secretary, in response to a celebration assertion launched right this moment.
This is the second time Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is occurring depart for therapy this 12 months after he was recognized with most cancers. There is not any readability on how lengthy will he be away this time. Notably, although, nobody was formally assigned Mr Balakrishnan’s duty the final time.
The medical depart 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 response to 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, nevertheless, publicly backed the veteran chief, saying his son will not be being shielded by the celebration or the state authorities and that Mr Balakrishnan himself had achieved no mistaken. The opposition had been demanding his resignation.
“The opposition demands are baseless and political gimmicks. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan needs further treatment. And, due to the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, it’s an added challenge for him to travel across the state due to his medical condition. It’s in this context that A Vijayaraghavan has been given the duty of state secretary,” Parliamentarian KK Ragesh informed NDTV.