The 87-year-old leader had been undergoing treatment at Amritha hospital in Kochi for the last few days following pneumonia.

Former Kerala Minister and senior Congress leader CN Balakrishnan passes away
news Death Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 09:12

Former Kerala minister and senior Congress leader CN Balakrishnan, passed away on Monday night at the Amritha hospital in Kochi following deterioration in health caused due to pneumonia.

Following a dip in his health condition, the 87-year-old leader had been undergoing treatment at Amritha hospital during the last few days. He passed away at around 11 pm on Monday night. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at around 8:30 pm after his condition became critical.

Born to Narayanan Ezhuthachan and Paruama at Thrissur on November 18, 1934, Balakrishnan began his career as a Khadi worker.

A long-standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur District Congress Committee (DCC) president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) for a long period.

It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls from the Wadakkanchery constituency and went on to become the Minister of Co-operation, Khadi and village industries in the Oommen Chandy cabinet.

He is survived by his wife, Thankamani who is a teacher of Sree Ramakrishna Gurukula Vidya Mandir LP School and two daughters, Geetha and Mini.

CN Balakrishnan was also the front ranking volunteer and leader of the library movement in the state. He began his work in this area as the President of the Puzhakkal Rural Library and later became the President of the Thrissur Taluk Grandhasala Sangham. He is also regarded as the architect of the cooperative movement in Thrissur district. He began his activities in this movement as President of the Adatt farmers Cooperative Bank.

Later, he went on to take up various other important posts such as President of the Thrissur District Milk Supply, President of the Thrissur District Cooperative Bank, President of the Paddy Marketing cooperative society.

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