The Kerala unit of the BJP will ask the celebration’s central management to venture ‘metro man’ E Sreedharan, who joined the celebration final week, as its chief ministerial candidate forward of subsequent month’s election, state BJP chief Ok Surendran stated Thursday afternoon.
“‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan built (a) bridge in five months without corruption. Not like the flyover which had to be brought down and was reflective of CPM-UDF (mis)-rule. We have requested the party to make E Sreedharan the Chief Minister candidate,” Mr Surendran stated.
If the BJP’s central management does approve the request, it should run opposite to the celebration’s unwritten rule – that no person over the age of 75 could be thought-about for a ministerial berth or position.
Mr Sreedharan will flip 89 in June. There is, nevertheless, instant priority for exceptions to that rule; BS Yediyurappa was 76 when he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka in 2019.
For his half, Mr Sreedharan has outlined his focus areas for the state and, final month, informed information company PTI that it might be troublesome to realize his objectives “unless I am Chief Minister”.
“My main idea is to bring BJP to power in Kerala. If BJP comes to power in Kerala, there will be three to four major areas we want to focus. One is infrastructure development in a big way and another is to bring industry to the state,” he stated.
“If BJP wants, I will contest (the elections),” he stated throughout an interview over cellphone, including, “(and) to tell you very frankly, unless I am Chief Minister these priorities cannot be achieved.”
Earlier at the moment Mr Sreedharan made headlines as he visited the Palarivattom flyover in Kochi – dressed within the uniform of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). He retired because the chief of the Delhi Metro in 2011.
“This will be the last day I will wear this uniform. 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,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Congress in Kerala – the principal opposition – has been circumspect about Mr Sreedharan’s doable electoral plunge.
Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor stated Mr Sreedharan would have a “minimal impact”.
“When I joined politics at 53, I thought I had left it too late to make the kind of impact I felt I was capable of. What can I say about someone who is 88?” he requested, including, “The high point of the impact (of E Sreedharan) will turn out to be this announcement itself.”
With enter from PTI