‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan will be BJP’s Chief Minister candidate in the upcoming Kerala Assembly Elections 2021
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan (in file photo) will be BJP’s Chief Minister candidate in the upcoming Kerala Assembly Elections 2021, said State BJP chief K Surendran. Sreedharan, 88, joined the BJP last week. BJP state president K Surendran, currently on a state-wide political tour, Vijay Yatra, announced the decision. “The party will soon release a list of other candidates as well,” he said. Sreedharan, the architect of the Delhi Metro, had formally joined the BJP on February 25 in the presence of Union Minister R K Singh at a function at Changaramkulam in Malappuram district when the ‘Vijay Yatra’ led by Surendran reached there.
PC George has hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF as he supports VS Achuthanandan. While responding to plans to join NDA, PC George stated that he will think about it if K Surendran invites him. P C George had joined as an ally of NDA during the previous Lok Sabha polls and also became part of the election campaign for K Surendran in Pathanamthitta. However, NDA could not make expected success in the polls. With this, P C George left the front calling it a temporary system.
Ahead of the assembly election, P C George’s Janapaksham party is likely to join the NDA. P C George is trying to become an ally of NDA after the local leaders of Congress opposed his entry into the UDF. He said that the political decision on this will be declared on February 27. The Congress leaders said they will field a parallel candidate if P C George is made an ally. With this, UDF offered to support him if he contested as an independent candidate. But P C George was not interested in this offer and decided to check other ways.
Grateful to him (Rahul Gandhi) for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers – Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Rahul Gandhi’s expertise in scuba diving has been the talk of the town in Kerala. His venture into the deep sea with YouTube channel ‘Fishing Freaks’ has been happily lapped up by social media. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is rarely sarcastic, expressed ‘gratitude for Rahul’s love for Kerala.’ “Grateful to him for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers,” he said. The CM’s one-liner jibe against Rahul too has spread like wildfire on social media with ‘explainers’ by Left handles, on how Congress and UPA have deceived fish workers in policy matters. However, even political observers who are sympathetic to the Left do not dismiss Rahul’s pivotal role in Kerala politics.
After E Sreedharan joined BJP more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra
After E Sreedharan joined BJP last week, the party men in Ernakulam are elated to know that more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra on Sunday evening. Sources said retired judges from the high court, two former IPS officers and members from the transgender community are expected to be inducted into the party at a public function.
After the UDF shut its doors on P C George, the Poonjar MLA has decided to contest alone in the upcoming assembly polls. However, George has not ruled out gaining support of NDA in the coming days. George, who was keen to become an ally of the UDF, slammed Oommen Chandy for being a stumbling block between him and the UDF. George was of the opinion that it was Chandy who was instrumental in not allowing him an entry to the UDF. He also ruled out joining the LDF.
I will contest from Poonjar as the candidate of Kerala Janapaksham (Secular). Anyone can support me. BJP, UDF or LDF, any front can extend support to my party. I have held talks with Twenty 20. They are contributing a great service. At present, I have no plans to hold talks with any other fronts. Muslim League is a good political party in UDF. But they are being controlled by the Jihadis. Even Congress leaders are unable to take a decision. I won’t cooperate with UDF who are supported by Jihadis. Cheaters are leading the front.
MLA PC George has vowed that he will contest from Poonjar constituency again. He alleged that UDF cheated him and asserted that he won’t join any front for the Assembly polls. “Oommen Chandy blocked my entry to UDF. He is plotting against Ramesh Chennithala. I will make more revelations about Oommen Chandy in the press meet scheduled on Wednesday,” PC George added. He also revealed that UDF held talks on fielding him as an independent candidate from Kanjirappally. The MLA raised sharp criticism against UDF over this matter.
Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh. Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran. Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP. “Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister Sri RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” senior BJP leader BL Santhosh tweeted.
CPI(M) alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s attack against Left was similar to that of the words being used by the BJP to flay the party
Kerala’s ruling CPI(M) on Wednesday accused former Congress president Rahul Gandhi of talking like “a recruitment agent of the BJP”, a day after the Congress leader lashed out at the state government over various issues including the gold smuggling case. In a statement, the CPI(M) state secretariat claimed Gandhi did not even make a weak criticism of the BJP in his speech at the Congress rally on Tuesday. “He spoke like a recruitment agent of the BJP. It was shocking,” the party said. The CPI(M) and Congress are allies in Bengal but clearly at each other’s throats in Kerala.
A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was killed in a clash between two groups in Kerala’s Alappuzha district on Wednesday night. According to police, the deceased man has been identified as Nandu. Multiple media reports said that Nandu was killed in the clash between the RSS and Social Democratic Party of India in Nagamkulangara near Cherthala. The SDPI is the political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). Nandu was attacked with sharp objects. He was taken to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to injuries, police said, adding that 6 SDPI workers have been taken into custody.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi turned seafarer and pulled the net with local fisherman in high sea here to get a taste of their life and understand the issues facing them. In an emotional talk with thousands of fisherfolk, including women gathered at the Thangassery beach in this southern coastal district, the Nehru scion said he admired and respected what the fishermen do. “I understand and respect what you do. I admire what you are doing. Many times, we eat the fish but we will not understand the hard work behind and how it reached our plate,” Gandhi said.
Smriti Irani hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remark at a rally in Kerala that has triggered a ‘north-south’ row
Union minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remark at a rally in Kerala that has triggered a ‘north-south’ row and has also drawn sharp responses from other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. “The spiteful and vengeful politics of Rahul Gandhi, which insults not only the people and voters of Amethi but seeks to create a divide between the north and south India, is to be condemned by every Indian citizen,” Irani told media.
High Court said Love Jihad is a conspiracy to make Kerala state an Islamic state – Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath
In 2009, Kerala HC brought govt attention towards Love Jihad. But the govt did not make any law on Love Jihad over here. HC said Love Jihad is a conspiracy to make Kerala state an Islamic state, but the govt is sleeping and does not care about security and this anti-Kerala, anti-India conspiracy. You have to wake up and choose BJP. We can guarantee safety and security. In UP we have made a law against the Love Jihad and started apprehending people.
The BJP is on a mission to make an inroad into God’s Own Country, Kerala. After metro man E Sreedharan, who joined the BJP, the party is now eyeing Olympian and former athlete PT Usha. This comes as no surprise to many in Kerala that the BJP has been wooing her aggressively. She supported the BJP and Centre strongly over farm laws. Her tweets also show a definite leaning and support for the BJP. BJP has had representation in Parliament from the Kerala but the state is largely between Left and Congress. As part of ‘mission south’ the BJP wants to make its presence felt. It feels that roping in icons from the state could boost its prospects and help also grab eyeballs.
Kerala: Asianet News & 24 News Predicted that LDF led by CPI (M)’s Pinarayi Vijayan will return to Power
Left in Kerala has reasons to cheer. In two pre-poll surveys, conducted by two prominent channels- Asianet News and 24 News- it has been predicted that the Left Democratic Front-led by the CPI (M) will return to power. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also had the highest approval rating, the surveys revealed. Kerala is scheduled to go to polls in April. Asianet survey predicted that the ruling LDF will get between 72 to 78 seats, a little over the halfway mark in the Kerala Assembly. The opposition UDF would bag 59 to 65 seats, stated the survey. The BJP led National Democratic Alliance is predicted to increase its tally in the Kerala Assembly, with the Asianet survey giving it 3 to 7 seats. The Asianet survey is a random survey done in 50 out of the 140 constituencies in the state.
Since he has no political background or experience, I think his impact is likely to be minimal – Tharoor on E Sreedharan’s impact
With E Sreedharan throwing his hat in the political ring by deciding to join the BJP, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said the technocrat is likely to have a “minimal” impact on the upcoming Kerala Assembly polls, and asserted that the BJP is not a serious contender except in a few seats in the state. Tharoor also said it will be very difficult for the BJP to improve upon its performance of winning one seat in the 2016 assembly polls and the high point of Sreedharan’s impact on Kerala elections will turn out to be the announcement of joining the BJP itself.
The high court had pointed out that Love Jihad was a conspiracy to convert Kerala into an Islamic state. But all the subsequent state governments failed to enact a law to tackle the problem (of religious conversion). I salute the BJP workers who are fighting against communist and other elements for the politics of value. The state government allowed few organisations to spread anarchy and attack temples and churches.
Ahead of State Assembly Elections, PM Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi
As five states go to polls in the next few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi on Sunday, reported NDTV. Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda also attended the meeting. Modi inaugurated the meeting of the BJP national office-bearers at the New Delhi Municipal Council convention centre. At the event, he urged BJP members to follow the “nation first” motto. Modi told them that the BJP’s mission was to work for the development of the country.
I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants – ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan
I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants. I have been living in Kerala for the past 10 years. I have seen both the UDF and the LDF rule. I feel that these rules have not brought any tangible progress to the state. Lot of things are possible in terms of industrialisation and employment opportunities for people. Not even one industry in the state in the last 20 years.
The BJP is raising the motto of development and a new Kerala. For the people of Kerala, Sreedharan is like an ambassador for development. The youth and new voters, especially in the city areas, will be supporting him. This will benefit us electorally.
One needn’t be a BJP supporter to welcome E Sreedharan’s entry into active politics – Congress leader Milind Deora
Congress leader Milind Deora said it isn’t necessary to be a BJP supporter to welcome Sreedharan’s entry into politics as he belongs to all of India. “One needn’t be a BJP supporter to welcome E Sreedharan’s entry into active politics. A thorough professional & one of the county’s most accomplished engineer-bureaucrats, E Sreedharan belongs to all of India,” he said in a tweet.
‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan will officially join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Kerala Assembly polls
‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan is set to take a political plunge. Sreedharan will officially join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday. He will join the saffron party during its Vijay Yatra, a rath yatra the party is organising in Kerala ahead of the assembly polls. The yatra will be led by Kerala BJP chief K Surendran. The BJP will launch the Yatra in Kerala on February 21 from Kasaragod as it seeks to expand its footprint ahead of polls. The yatra will culminate at Thiruvananthapuram in the first week of March. Kerala is among the five states where Assembly polls will be held later this year.
Election to Malappuram Lok Sabha Constituency will be held simultaneously with the coming Assembly polls
The election to Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency, which fell vacant after the resignation of IUML MP Kunhalikutty, will be held simultaneously with the coming Assembly polls. The polls are due to be held in April-May.The EC delegation, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajeev Kumar told reporters here that the dates for the Assembly polls will be announced soon after considering political parties’ suggestions.
Kerala State Elections: LDF, UDF requested Election Commission to conduct polls before 2nd week of April whereas BJP suggests during May
The Central Election Commission team which is currently in Thiruvananthapuram to assess the pre-election preparations in the state will have discussions with various enforcement agencies at noon today. This will be followed by interactions with the State’s Chief Secretary and other senior officials. Further s will be communicated through a press conference today evening. Yesterday the central team had a series of discussions with various senior government officials, political party representatives and District Collectors. The LDF, UDF had requested the Central Election Commission to conduct the polls before the second week of April.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala on February 14 and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects. One of the key highlights of PM Modi’s visit is going to be the handing over of the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army, at Chennai. The tank has been indigenously developed in India.
Election Commission Gearing Up for Elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala & Puducherry, announcement likely after February 15
The Election Commission will most likely hold elections in West Bengal in six to seven phases. The final call will be taken after February 15. The apex electoral body is also mulling over holding single-phased elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Assam may see elections in 2-3 phases. Beginning Wednesday, the top brass of the Election Commission would visit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala to take stock of election preparedness. The commission has already visited Assam and West Bengal.
Several former Union ministers, including A K Antony and Shashi Tharoor, are part of the 40-member state election committee constituted by the Congress on Tuesday for the upcoming Kerala assembly polls. The committee formed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi includes former chief minister Oomen Chandy, Kerala party chief Mullapally Ramachandran, former Union minister A K Antony and leader of opposition in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala, according to a party statement.
Basking in the glory of the ruling Left front’s resounding success in the local body elections, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is now getting ready for a state tour covering all districts eyeing the assembly polls which is just months away. According to official sources, the district-wise tour would begin on December 22 from southern district Kollam.
The state government and the CPM are on a mission to repeat the victory in the local body election in the upcoming assembly too. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will conduct a ‘Kerala Paryadanam’, a state-wide public rally. CPM state secretariat meeting to be held on Friday will give a final form to this. The ‘Kerala Paryadanam’, which is organised by the chief minister targeting continuity of governance, is likely to commence from Kollam. The journey is designed in a way that it will camp in every district and meet the eminent personalities in social and cultural sector in the place. This is with the intention to collect suggestions for preparing the election manifesto.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday announced that the coronavirus vaccine will be provided free to every citizen of the state. “COVID vaccine will be provided free of cost in the state,” announced Kerala CM. He said the day saw 5,949 people turn coronavirus positive after 59,690 samples was send for testing in the past 24 hours.
Indian Union Muslim League’s policy not to grant seats for party leaders who have already contested in three elections, is backfiring in southern Kerala
The Indian Union Muslim League’s policy not to grant seats for party leaders who have already contested in three elections, is backfiring in southern Kerala. Muslim League state leadership had decided not to grant seats in the upcoming elections and are not ready to compromise on this. There was dissent from the party’s lower ranks as soon as the decision was announced. However, the IUML state leadership did not budge. Muslim League has upcoming leaders in Malappuram and other areas of Malabar, which are the party’s strongholds. In northern Kerala, the new policy will help Muslim League give its upcoming leaders a chance.
People who had been arrested initially went up to the Principal Secretary of CM of Kerala – V Muraleedharan, Kerala BJP Leader
On 5th July 2020, on Trivandrum Airport, 30 kgs of 24 carat gold worth Rs 14.82 crore was found camouflaged in diplomatic baggage addressed to the Consulate Charge d’Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The contacts of the people who had been arrested initially went up to the Principal Secretary of CM of Kerala.
Kerala Govt, that had in the first place invited the Central Government for an enquiry, has now gone to court against CBI – V Muraleedharan, BJP
The Kerala Govt, that had in the first place invited the Central Government for an enquiry, has now gone to court against CBI and said the agency does not have the authority to investigate. This shows that those involved in smuggling gold are hand-in-glove with those in power.
If Jose K Mani still believes in political morality then all its leaders must resign from the posts received to them when they are part of UDF – Ramesh Chennithala
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that Jose K Mani has committed political treachery. Jose K Mani has defied all kinds of political conventions. He also alleged that Jose by entering to LDF camp has deceived spirit of K M Mani. “If Jose K Mani still believes in political morality then all its leaders must resign from the posts received to them when they are part of UDF. Taking a double stand on that shows their credibility before the people,” Chennithala stated.
Congress had insulted K M Mani and wanted to destroy his legacy. Congress has backstabbed Kerala Congress. We have been facing injustice and insult from the Congress.
Kerala Congress (M), a long ally of Congress to part ways with Congress led UDF alliance in Kerala, to join hands with CPI(M)-led LDF
Kerala Congress (M), a long ally of Congress, on Wednesday announced its decision to join hands with CPI(M)-led LDF. The faction leader of the regional Christian party, Jose K Mani, said he would quit as member of Rajya Sabha, a seat he had bagged as a nominee of Congress-led United Democratic Front.
I have decided to resign from the Rajya Sabha upholding morality as we were humiliated in the UDF – Jose K Mani
The Kerala Congress (M) faction led by Jose K Mani on Wednesday announced its decision to sever its decades-old ties with the Congress-led UDF and work alongside ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in the state. Mani added that he would quit his Rajya Sabha membership, won with the support of the UDF. “I have decided to resign from the Rajya Sabha upholding morality as we were humiliated in the UDF,” Jose K Mani said.
They (Kerala Congress – M) have abandoned the UDF politics of close to four decades.. next steps will be decided by the LDF meeting – Pinarayi Vijayan
After Kerala Congress (M) faction led by Jose K Mani on Wednesday announced its decision to sever its decades-old ties with the Congress-led UDF, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was quick to respond to the announcement and welcomed the decision. “They have abandoned the UDF politics of close to four decades. The next steps will be decided by the Left Democratic Front meeting,” the CM said.