The CM said words may fail him as he never considered such a farewell even in his dreams.
He said Kodiyeri's demise has created a void that cannot be filled easily.
His journey from Mottammal Balakrishnan to Kodiyeri Balakrishnan - as we now know - was tough, so hard that it could have hardened any youngster.
While asserting that strict action should be taken against goons, the CM said that the Kerala Anti-social Activities Prevention Act (KAAPA) should be imposed in a time-bound manner.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan pens an emotional note at the passing of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
The public library in Kodiyeri fostered his habit in reading. It was in that reading room that the KSF met and elected Balakrishnan as its secretary.
Kodiyeri's loyalty towards the organisation put him above petty intra-party factionalism.
PInarayi was expected to take a Saturday night flight to Finland via Delhi. He is now set to visit Kodiyeri at the Apollo Hospital on Sunday.
The majority of the interactions have alleged attempts to stereotype the drug seller as a dark-skinned man.
He was responding to the allegation by Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council and other churches that state government had a penchant for keeping public programmes on Sundays.