In what is being seen as a major fillip to the party’s prospects in Kerala, India’s “metro man” E Sreedharan is all set to join the BJP.
Kerala state party president K Surendran said Sreedharan (88), who is credited with changing the face of public transport system in the country, will officially join during the “Vijaya Yatra”, which the saffron party is launching with the aim to expand footprint in the southern state.
Beginning on February 21 from Kasaragod, the yatra will culminate at Thiruvananthapuram in the first week of March. While Uttar Pradesh CMYogi Adityanath will inaugurate the yatra, Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to be present at its culmination.
Sreedharan also expressed willingness to contest the polls “if the BJP asked him to”.
“It is for them to decide the constituency. A lot of development works can be done and I hope to do it by joining the BJP,” he added.
He also criticised other political parties for showing India in a bad light and “failing to do any good to Kerala”.
Speculations are rife that Sreedharan, who is currently overseeing the rebuilding of the Palarivattom flyover, could be the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections.
The BJP is also trying to project two former DGPs with “clean image” Senkumar and Jacob Thomas.