'Metro man' Sreedharan to be nominated as NDA's candidate for President's post?

'Metro man' Sreedharan to be nominated as NDA's candidate for President's post?”

The announcement from the Chief Miister's Office comes just after this.

A couple of days after controversy erupted over the architect of Delhi Metro Rail, E. Sreedharan, popularly called "Metro Man" not being invited to the inauguration of Kochi Metro on June 17, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday clarified that the eminent engineer will be present on the occasion.

His name may have later been added after the Kerala CM wrote to the PMO, reports suggest that the BJP-led NDA is considering E Sreedharan, the top advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp that has constructed the Kochi Metro as the candidate for the presidential seat.

There is a probability of "Metro man" E Sreedharan being nominated as the ruling BJP-led NDA's candidate for President, as per a media report. "Moreover, PM Modi maintains distance with the person he has to push up", the publication quoted sources as saying.

Mr. Elias George said he was pleased at the inclusion of Mr. Sreedharan.

As per reports, Kerala government submitted to the PMO a list of 17 people who it wanted to share the dais with PM Modi.

"Please don't make a controversy over the issue".

Sreedharan sought to downplay the controversy and said there was nothing unusual about not being invited as such restrictions are usual in programmes attended by the prime minister.

M. Hassan has flayed the Modi government for indulging in "parochial politics" on the Kochi Metro issue and said 90 percent of the work was completed during the previous UDF government's tenure. The list included Sreedharan, Chennithala, Thomas and Chief Secretary Nailin Netto, among others.

Besides Mr. Modi, the list included Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam, K.V. Thomas, MP, Minister for Transport Thomas Chandy, and Mayor Soumini Jain.

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