Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’ for his role in leading the projects for building Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro as the then-Managing Director, has been chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party as its Chief Minister candidate, according to the Indian Express.
Sreedharan, an 88-year old, is a Padma Shree awardee and had recently resigned as the Principal Advisor to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) in June 2019 citing health issues.
Sreedharan on public platforms has shown confidence in his abilities and on March 4, 2021, said, “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 Ponanni in Malappuram, where I am residing now.”
He has promised to increase the government’s focus on the development of infrastructure and provide incentives to industries to set up in Kerela.
The ‘Metro Man’ had expressed his desire to enter politics and wanted to join the BJP specifically. The Kerela wing of BJP had been quick to respond and after Sreedharan joined the party on February 26 had said, “great day for Kerala which looks forward to politics based on development agenda.”