19th January 2017, is the 9th death anniversary of Com. E.Balanandan, the veteran trader union leader, former President of CITU and PB Member of CPI(M).

His life has been full of struggles for the working class and he himself had to suffer victimisation. Three times Member of Parliament(both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), MLA as also the President of the militant trade union, CITU, he was active till his death.

He was affectionately called ‘Sami’ by his comrades and friends. He was the guide and adviser of BSNL employees trade union movement also. The more than four decades of contact with him has been always been an inspiration to me and many others.

My respectful homage to Com. E.Balanandan on his 9th death anniversary!.

Red Salute to Com. Balanandan!