Top Stories

E Sreedharan, the legendary “Metro Man” of India, is prepared to sign up inside the BJP months in advance of polls in Kerala

The 88-12 months-antique is probable to sign up for the celebration in the path of its Vijay Yatra in Kerala from Sunday and can moreover contest the Kerala election, due with the beneficial useful resource of May, even though there are questions about the BJP’s lessen-off problem of 75 years for elections, achieved previously to veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

“I even have determined to sign up in the BJP, surely legitimate formalities live,” Mr. Sreedharan showed to NDTV from his region of beginning Mallapuram.

“I was living in Kerala for the very last 10 years, for the motive that my retirement. I certainly have seen particular governments and they may be now not doing what can be executed for human beings. I am becoming a member of the BJP at the way to do my element, the usage of my revel in,” he stated, explaining the cause he opted for the BJP.

He furthermore criticized unique political activities for what he referred to as “blind competition” and displaying India in a terrible moderate. 

“Political activities with vested pastimes are projecting India in a completely lousy mild nationally and opposing most effective for the sake of opposing. Parties much like the Congress are developing an awful photo for India”, he stated.

On his views on the BJP raising alleged “love-jihad” – the period the rightwing uses to intention relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women —  on this election and its stand on preserving the Sabarimala way of lifestyles of barring ladies among 10 and 50 years, Mr. Sreedharan said,” I don’t forget inside the celebration. This is the purpose why I genuinely have joined the celebration. BJP’s stand is accurate.”

Mr. Sreedharan said he modified into open to contesting the election if the birthday party preferred.

The BJP has one MLA inside the hundred and forty-member Kerala meeting and is considered a bit player in assessment to the ruling Left-led alliance and the opposition Congress-led coalition.

Asked approximately his selection to enroll in politics after a protracted and a hit stint steerage some of U.S.’s largest metro and railway duties, Mr. Sreedharan said: “I need to use my time and experience in developing a difference.”

The engineer is also worried about specific metro obligations within America which encompass Jaipur, Lucknow, and Kochi.

He comes to be provided the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Mr. Sreedharan got here within the spotlight at the same time as he worked on restoring the ancient Pamban bridge in Tamil Nadu, the hyperlink most of the island Rameshwaram and the mainland, after it modified into broken via manner of a cyclone.

After he retired in 1990 as a senior railway engineer, he comes to be drafted into the mega Konkan Railway venture that proved his abilities as an inexperienced executor. The mega task, reducing via almost no longer feasible terrain, modified into completion in a fourth of the time to start with assessed.

In 1995, he emerges as a handed charge of the Delhi Metro task, which comes to be the primary in a series of showpiece metropolis metro tasks under his stewardship.