CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has offered to step down in the the wake of his son Binoy Kodiyeri facing charges of rape and sexual assault and has been asked to present himself at the police station in Mumbai by Monday.
Kodiyeri had a special meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the AKG Centre in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday prior to the party state secretariat meeting Kodiyeri, who has been undergoing treatment at an ayurveda centre in the state capital, has been under pressure after his son's scandal came to light. Moreover, the charge by the victim that she was abused and even death threats were made by family members made clear that Kodiyeri was well aware of the happenings.
However, there is a view in the party that if his resignation is accepted, this would send strong signals and cause much harm to the party. Already, the CPM is yet to come out of the shocking defeat at the recent Lok Sabha elections and then there came the suicide by an expat entrepreneur in Kannur after being denied building permit by the municipality after he had invested Rs 15 crore on a convention centre. The finger of accusation has been pointed at party central committee member MV Govindan's wife who heads the municipal council.
Kodiyeri is said to have told Pinarayi that though his son's case was a personal matter not concerning the party, he was willing to quit for the party's sake.But a section in the party goes by the old adage that "Caeasar's wife should be above suspicion". By staying away from the post, Kodiyeri would only be setting the best example of ideally upholding the communist values.
Though the party rules allow the state committee to take a decision on who should be the state secretary, Kodiyeri is a member of the highest decision-making body of the party and his resignation would need the approval of the central leadership.