‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who hopped on the BJP bandwagon recently, was among the early voters in Kerala on Tuesday morning as voting began in 140 constituencies in the state with 957 candidates in the fray.
The BJP candidate from Palakkad said he was confident of winning by a “big margin” from the Palakkad assembly constituency as he cast his vote for the single-phase assembly elections in Kerala.
“The BJP will have an impressive show this time, there’s no doubt about it. I will win from the Palakkad constituency with a big margin. My entry into BJP has given a different image to the party,” he was quoted as saying to a news agency.
Sreedharan, 88, is among the high profile candidates in the fray in the assembly elections in Kerala. In a previous interaction with the media, the man who was the brain behind the Delhi Metro and the Konkan Railways, said he hoped the saffron party would come around the proposal of making him its chief ministerial candidate in the Kerala Assembly election, adding that only then will it get a new face and image in the state.
The technocrat said he felt the need to do something for the state as people are fed with the two alternatives. “I am in good shape… I felt I needed to do something for the state… the people of Kerala are fed up with the LDF and UDF governments… people are fed up of the lavish spending of the government… I feel that the people of the state need a third alternative,” he said.
Sreedharan is contesting against sitting MLA Shafi Parambil of Congress and CP Pramod of CPM. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 2.