Thiruvalla/Kochi,March 4: ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan, who recently joined the BJP, will be its chief ministerial candidate for the Kerala assembly elections on April 6, senior leader and Union Minister V Muraleedharan said on Thursday.
“BJP4Keralam will fight Keralapolls with E Sreedharan Ji as its Chief Ministerial Candidate.We will defeat both CPIMKerala & INCKerala to provide a corruption-free, development-oriented Governance for the people of Kerala,” Muraleedharan said in a tweet.
His social media post on Sreedharan’s leadership in the Assembly polls came hours after party’s state chief K Surendran said he has requested the party’s national leadership to announce ‘Metroman’ as the NDA’s chief ministerial candidate.
The 88-year-old technocrat also on Thursday announced his decision to end his 24-year long career with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
If the NDA, “under the leadership of ‘Metroman’, gets an opportunity to rule the state, “we are confident we will be able to implement development works under Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a ten-fold force in Kerala,” Surendran said.
Addressing a party meeting here, he highlighted the achievements of Sreedharan, including the completion of the reconstruction of Palarivattom flyover here in five months, much ahead of the stipulated time.
“He completed the project in five months without any corruption.That is why we requested Sreedharan and our party leadership that he should be projected as the (NDA’s) Chief Minister candidate,” he said at the meeting organised as part of the “Vijay Yatra” led by him.
This was the first time the party indicated that Sreedhran will be the NDA’s chief ministerial candidate.
The party sought to project Sreedharan’s leadership in the polls amid the process of determining the candidates for the assembly election.
Sreedharan has said his main aim was to help the party come to power in Kerala and that he will be open to chief ministership. He has also said the focus will be on developing infrastructure in a big way and bring the state out of the debt trap if the BJP wins the assembly polls.
Meanwhile, curtain came down on his 24-year long career with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as he wore the DMRC’s outdoor uniform one last time on Thursday ahead of his political journey with BJP.
“This will be the last day I will be wearing this uniform,” Sreedharan, acclaimed for his efficiency in completing big infrastructure projects, said announcing the completion of re-construction of Palarivattom flyover here under his supervision much ahead of the stipulated time.
Clad in the DMRC outdoor uniform, the technocrat visited the flyover in the morning for an inspection before handing it over to the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation (RBDC) of the Kerala government for inauguration.
He said the flyover, whose reconstruction was taken up in September last year, was ready and the state government can decide the date of its inauguration.
“I wore the DMRC’s typical outdoor uniform for the first time in November 1997 in Delhi.Same practice I continued for the last 24 years,” Sreedharan said.
The ‘Metroman’, who is all set to contest the assembly polls on the BJP ticket, said he will file the nomination papers after resigning from the post of DMRC’s Principal Adviser.
Sreedharan, now a member of the BJP state Election Committee, said he has requested the party leadership to field him from a constituency not far from his residence in Ponnani in Malappuram district.
Predicting a big victory for the BJP in the polls, the technocrat said his poll campaign style will be different from that of a normal politician.
“This is a digital age.So I will not be going from house to house or shop to shop (seeking votes).But I will reach every home, every person in the constituency with a message–what I am doing for the state,” he said.
Sreedharan said he will showcase his professional competency and integrity among the voters for winning their support.
He said his age has not affected his health.
“Mentally I am very strong.I will not be working like a normal politician.I will still be working like a technocrat,” Sreedharan said in response to a query on his age.
Sreedharan expressed confidence BJP will form the government in the state after the polls.
“People know very well what is good for them and what is good for the state.I am very confident that they will elect the BJP to power,” he added. (PTI)