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E Sreedharan to join BJP says not a sudden decision

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Ahead of Kerala elections due this year, ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced Kerala BJP president K Surendran on Thursday. Sreedharan will be formally inducted into the party during the BJP’s ‘Vijaya Yathra’ being organised from February 21.

“I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants,” Sreedharan told CNN-News18.

“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,” he said, adding that prospective of development is better for BJP in the state because the party is also the ruling the central government.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s state unit hopes that an iconic figure like Sreedharan joining the party will benefit them electorally in the upcoming state legislative assembly elections.

BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh said, “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.”

Political Analyst J Prabhash said, “This move will bring in more legitimacy for BJP in Kerala. But I don’t think that people can be swayed away much electorally. If he contests in urban centre like Kochi, there are chances that some urban voters might vote for him.”

Sreedharan, who advised the Kerala government on Metro projects in the state, said he will now end the practice. “I will focus on BJP centric activities,” he told the newspaper.

Back in 2017, there was a minor controversy during the Lucknow Metro inauguration after top BJP leaders forgot to accommodate the ‘Metro Man’ in the frame. Sreedharan was sidelined at the event, a photo of which has gone viral.

A picture of the same went viral – showing E Sreedharan standing at the one end of the stage while ministers were seen rushing to share the dais with CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Ministers at the inaugural ceremony. The ministers that rushed to push the start button included Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, Law Minister Brijesh Pathak, Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Technical & Medical Education minister Ashutosh Tandon.

The Lucknow Metro project was completed in record time with the help and guidance of E Sreedharan. The civil engineer is credited for changing the face of public transport in India with his leadership in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro. Sreedharan was even appointed as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project, which after many controversies finally saw light of the day after Sreedharan’s appointment.

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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