Former minister and senior Congress leader C N Balakrishnan, 84, passed away here late on Monday night. He was undergoing treatment for pneumonia at a private hospital here.
Balakrishnan was the cooperation and khadi minister in the Oommen Chandy government. Once close to the late four-time Chief Minister K Karunakaran, CN Balakrishnan was known as a strongman in the Congress I group. He joined the Congress party through the Khadi movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi. Balakrishnan also served the party as the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee’s treasurer and Thrissur DCC president.
A native of Puzhakkal, Balakrishnan became active in politics through Bhoodan Movement. Balakrishnan first contested for an Assembly seat at 75 in 2011 and won from Wadakkanchery. He is survived by wife Thankamani and daughters C B Geetha and Mini Balram.