Metro-Man’ E Sreedharan to Join BJP, may Contest State Assembly Polls

NEW DELHI: E Sreedharan, known as ‘Metro Man’ will join the BJP during the party ‘Vijay Yatra’ scheduled to begin from February 21, says state BJP chief K Surendran.

Sreedharan, 88, who credited to transfer the Delhi’s urban transport system. He was retired as the chief of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on 31 December 2011,

After his retirement from the DMRC where he served for over a decade, Sreedharan was appointed as the principal advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project.

Sreedharan was honoured with two civilian awards — Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan — for his contribution to the expansion of urban infrastructure in India.

He is credited with transforming Delhi’s urban transport. Under his leadership, the first phase of Delhi Metro was successfully completed three months before the deadline.

Hoping to make inroads in the southern state, the Kerala unit of the BJP has been trying to reach out to opinion-makers to join the party ahead of the elections, said party sources.

The BJP sources claimed that the party is willing to ask him to contest the upcoming assembly elections due in April-May.

“His induction will boost the party’s image and will also motivate the cadre. At the same time, we are trying to make inroads in the state and if he contests the upcoming elections, it will help improve the prospects of the party in the future,” said a senior BJP leader.