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‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan Is BJP’s CM Face In Kerala

Often credited for his role in setting up the Delhi Metro, the 88-year-old Sreedharan had announced on February 18 that he will join the BJP.

‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who had recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the assembly elections in Kerala. The announcement was made by the party on Thursday. The president of the BJP’s state unit K Surendran said, according to news agency ANI, said: “E Sreedharan will be BJP’s chief minister candidate in the upcoming Kerala assembly elections.”

Often credited for his role in setting up the Delhi Metro, the 88-year-old Sreedharan had announced on February 18 that he will join the BJP. His aim was to help the party come to power in Kerala and that he was open to the chief ministership, he had told reporters. The focus will be on developing infrastructure if the BJP won the assembly polls, he had stressed.

Visiting the Palarivattom flyover being reconstructed, the renowned engineer had said that the people of Kerala will elect his party to power and he is expecting a “big” victory in the assembly elections. “People know very well what is good for them and what is good for the state. I am very confident they will elect BJP to power. I am expecting a big victory. I have made only one demand to the BJP that I want to contest in a constituency not far away from Ponnani where I am residing now,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

It is the mental age rather than the physical one that decides what responsibilities one should take up, the BJP leader had said. “It is the age of the mind that matters, not only the age of the body. Mentally, I am very alert and young. So far, I don’t have any issues with health. I don’t think health will be much of an issue. I will not be working as a normal politician. I will continue to work like a technocrat,” Mr Sreedharan said.

The election to the 140-member Kerala assembly will be held on April 6 and the votes will be counted on May 2.

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