Kerala Congress (B) found and former minister R Balakrishna Pillai died at the age of 86. He breathed his last at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday morning.
Balakrishna Paillai was admitted to a private hospital in Kottarakkara last Wednesday following breathing difficulties and was later shifted to a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram when his condition worsened.
He passed away a day after his son and former minister KB Ganesh Kumar won the assembly polls from Pathanapuram constituency.
Pillai was one of the founding leaders of the Kerala Congress and the first General Secretary of the party. He has been in charge of the Excise, Transport and Electricity Departments.
R Balakrishna Pillai had been holding the office of Chairman, Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities. He is also the Chairman of Kerala Congress (B).
Balakrishna Pillai was born on March 8, 1935 in Valakom, Kottarakkara to Raman Pillai and Karthiyaniyamma. He became an active politician through Congress.
Pillai then joined the Kerala Congress and from there formed his own party. He was active in politics as well as social work.
Balakrishna Pillai was the NSS union president of Pathanapuram taluk for more than six decades. He has also served on the NSS Board of Directors.
Balakrishnan’s wife Valsalakumari passed away in 2018. Children: KB Ganesh Kumar MLA, Usha and Bindu. Son-in-law: Former Central Shipping Secretary K Mohandas, former Additional Chief Secretary TK Balakrishnan and Bindu Menon.