Metroman E Sreedharan joins BJP. The announcement was made by State Party President K Surendran. Surendran said in a press conference that Sreedharan will engage in the “Vijayayathra” (Party Campaign) before the Assembly elections. Sreedharan has also confirmed this.
Surendran said that the two fronts in Kerala have opposed and abused Sreedharan over the years. Both fronts are looting public money in the pretext of construction programs. Sreedharan was against all this. That’s why he was hurt by Oommen Chandy and Pinarayi Vijayan. It’s the general impression of Kerala that people like him are coming to the party.
Surendran added that many actors are going to join the party. Sreedharan also confirmed the words of Surendran. There is discontent with the LDF regime. They’ve just got party interests. There’s little interest in the people. Many schemes have been suspended by the LDF administration. The building of the Palarivattom bridge is for the public and not for the party.
The BJP will do a lot of things in Kerala. If asked, will contest the polls with BJP. Sreedharan told the media that the party would settle on questions, like the electoral district.
“I have decided to join the BJP, just official formalities remain,” Mr Sreedharan told NDTV.
“I have been living in Kerala for the last 10 years, since my retirement. I have seen different governments and they are not doing what can be done for the people. I am joining the BJP to be able to do my part, using my experience,” he said, explaining the reason he opted for the BJP.
He also criticized other political parties for what he called “blind opposition” and showing India in a bad light. “Political parties with vested interests are projecting India in a very bad light nationally and opposing just for the sake of opposing. Parties like the Congress are creating a bad image for India”, he said.
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On his views on the BJP raising alleged “love-jihad” the term the rightwing uses to target relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women, in this election and its stand on preserving the Sabarimala tradition of barring women between 10 and 50 years, Mr Sreedharan said,”I believe in the party. This is the reason why I have joined the party. BJP’s stand is correct.”
The BJP has one MLA in the 140-member Kerala assembly and is considered a bit player compared to the ruling Left-led alliance and the opposition Congress-led coalition.