Kerala elections: ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan is BJP’s CM candidate

Sreedharan, who has been hailed for his role in setting up the Delhi Metro as a showpiece public transport model, had indicated he was ready to contest the Assembly elections.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 4 March 2021 11:12 AM GMT

Kerala elections: ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan is BJP’s CM candidate
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The BJP on Thursday announced that E Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, would be the party’s chief minister candidate for the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections. Sreedharan, 88, joined the BJP last week.

BJP state president K Surendran, currently on a state-wide political tour, Vijay Yatra, announced the decision. “The party will soon release a list of other candidates as well,” he said.

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Two weeks ago, after announcing his decision to join the BJP, Sreedharan, who has been hailed for his role in setting up the Delhi Metro as a showpiece public transport model, had indicated he was ready to contest the Assembly elections.

On Thursday, Sreedharan said he had not decided on a constituency. “I am ready to contest in any seat, and victory is sure for me. I strongly believe that BJP will come to power. However, I want to contest from a constituency which is not far away from Ponnani in Malappuram, where I am residing now,” he said.

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Sreedharan, who has been the mentor of the Kochi Metro project, said he would not do a conventional door-to-door campaign. “I won’t go to houses and shops soliciting votes. But, my message would reach the voters,” he said in Kochi.

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