E. Sreedharan, the mastermind behind India’s metro rail project, is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), revealed Kerala BJP president K. Surendran on Thursday. Surendran, speaking at a press conference, said ‘Metro man’ Sreedharan will formally join the BJP during the party’s ‘Vijay Yatra’. The rally will be led by Surendran himself from 21 February.
According to reports, the party is keen that he contests 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.
"The news is correct. I am going to join the BJP," the 89-year-old told. When asked the reason behind the decision he said that he has been living in Kerala for a decade and tried his best to bring in development in the state but was met with political resistance.
"I have been living in Kerala for 10 years, but I have noticed that the LDF and UDF are only interested in their political growth, not in the state's growth. In this scenario, it is only the BJP that can do something for the state," he said.
He further added that Narendra Modi is the most promising Prime Minister and he has worked with him closely, which inspired him to join the party. "He is one of the best Prime Ministers India has seen, I have worked with him closely," he said