Kodiyeri's return as CPM state secretary may take longer, topic ignored during party meeting

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan set to return as CPM State secretary
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's return as the secretary of its Kerala unit may take longer. According to sources, the meeting of the party state secretariat held on Thursday, did not consider the proposal for bringing back Kodiyeri as the CPM Kerala secretary. It was earlier speculated that a decision on his reappointment will be taken in this meeting.

The controversial topic of permission to Tamil Nadu for cutting trees downstream of Mullaperiyar dam was also not discussed at the meeting.

A final decision on reinstating Kodiyeri will be taken only after the Politburo meetings scheduled on Friday and Saturday.

Though he took one-year leave from the party on medical grounds, the real reason for his stepping down from the post of party state secretary was the arrest of his son Bineesh Kodiyeri in a narcotics case in Bangalore last year.

Now that Binessh got bail in the case and Kodiyeri regained health after prolonged medical treatment, the return of Kodiyeri to the prime party post in the state is expected to be a matter of mere formality.

Currently, A Vijayaraghavan, the convener of the Left Democratic Front, is officiating as party state secretary. But Kodiyeri, who is very close to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, does the firefighting whenever there is a crisis for the party or the government.

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