‘Ready for Kerala chief ministership if BJP wins’

New Delhi, Feb 19 (PTI):
Set to enter the political fray by joining the BJP next week, technocrat E Sreedharan on Friday said his main aim is to help the party come to power in Kerala and that he will be open to chief ministership. He also said that the focus will be on developing infrastructure in a big way and bring the state out of the debt trap if the BJP wins the assembly polls that are likely to be held in April-May this year.
Known as ‘Metroman’ as well as for the efficiency in completing big infrastructure projects, Sreedharan told PTI that he will contest the assembly elections if the party wants and will also be open to chief ministership if the party asks. The 88-year-old technocrat also made it clear that he will not be interested in governorship, saying that it is purely a “constitutional position and no powers at all” and that he won’t be able to make any positive contribution to the state in such a position. “My main idea is to bring BJP to power in Kerala. If BJP comes to power in Kerala, there will be three to four major areas we want to focus. One is infrastructure development in a big way and another is to bring industry to the state,” he said. Speaking over phone from Ponnani in Kerala where he is based now, Sreedharan said that a finance commission could also be formed for the purpose of improving the finances of the state, which is in a “debt trap”. “The state is in a debt trap, so much of borrowings. And debt burden on each Malayalee is Rs 1.2 lakh…. That means we are heading for bankruptcy and the government still continues to borrow. The state finances need to be propped up and for that, we need to find a solution,” he said.

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