Ex-minister, Congress leader CN Balakrishnan passes away

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Thrissur: Former Kerala minister and veteran Congress leader C N Balakrishnan departed at 85 . He, who spearheaded the Khadi Movement in central Kerala, died at the Amrutha Hospital in Kochi at around 11 pm Monday

Once close to the late four-time chief minister K Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was known as a strongman in the Congress ‘I’ group, and was district unit chief for well over 15 years, besides holding the post of the Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) treasurer.

He joined the Congress party through the Khadi Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi.

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