Union Minister V Muraleedharan tweeted on Thursday that E Sreedharan, India’s “metro man,” will be the BJP’s chief ministerial contestant in the Kerala Assembly election going to happen next month.
“Kerala BJP will fight Kerala polls with E Sreedharanji as its chief ministerial candidate. We will defeat both CPM and Congress to provide corruption-free, development-oriented governance for the people of Kerala,” Mr. Muraleedharan said.
“BJP, under the able leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modiji will strive to take care of the needs of the people of Kerala. The new Kerala under E Sreedharanji will pave the way for an efficient & effective Govt in the state,” he further added.
Mr. Sreedharan’s selection as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate goes against the party’s “unofficial” rule that no one over the age of 75 could be regarded for a ministerial berth or position.
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In June, Mr. Sreedharan will celebrate his 89th birthday. There is, however, recent precedent for adjustments to that rule; when BS Yediyurappa was voted in as Chief Minister of Karnataka in 2019, he was 76 years old.
“‘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 the CPM-UDF misrule. We have requested the party to make E Sreedharan the Chief Minister candidate,” Mr. Surendran said. He was attending a party meeting in Thiruvalla.
“This will be the last day I wear this uniform. I wore the DMRC’s outdoor uniform for the first time in November 1997… The same practice I continued for last 24 years,” he was quoted.
Mr. Sreedharan stated he was expecting a “big” win in the poll results, and that he had “made only one demand” – “I want to contest in a constituency not far from Ponnani where I am residing now.”
“I will not be working as a politician… I will work like a technocrat,” he further said.
Last month Mr. Sreedharan said he could not achieve his goals for Kerala “unless I am Chief Minister. 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,” he said last month.
“If BJP wants, I will contest (the elections),” he said during an interview over the phone, adding, “(and) to tell you very frankly unless I am Chief Minister these priorities cannot be achieved.”