Dr. E Sreedharan, who set up Delhi Metro and Konkan Railway is joining BJP ahead of the Kerala elections. (Picture Source- ANI )
Ahead of joining BJP, Padma Vibhushan recipient technocrat E Sreedharan, popularly known as Metro man of India for his role in setting up the Delhi Metro, on Friday said that he opposes the notion of 'love jihad' because he has seen Hindu and Christian girls in Kerala being tricked into marriages.
“Love jihad, yes, I see what's happened in Kerala. How Hindus are being tricked in a marriage and how they suffer.. not only Hindus, Muslims, the Christian girls are being tricked in a marriage. Now that sort of a thing I certainly will oppose," Responding to NDTV's question on 'love jihad' Dr. Sreedharan said.
Ahead of the election in Kerala, Sreedharan will be joining BJP formally during 'Vijaya Yathra' starting on February 21.
On being asked to comment on BJP as a communal party, Sreedharan said that it is wrong that BJP is being portrayed as a communal party today in the country.
“ I have got such a long association with people in BJP. It is not a communal party at all. It is a party consisting of nation lovers and who accept that all parties, all communities are alike as far as they are concerned. That is the attitude of the Modi government. I can see the way he speaks has never seen him at any time attacking any religion. This religious bias in an unnecessarily taunt on BJP and very unjust, according to me." Sreedharan added.
Attacking harshly on the Kerala government, Metro man of India Sreedharan said that the CPM government is immersed in corruption. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is a dictator, he rarely interacts with people. " The Chief Minister cannot be given even three out of ten marks. No Minister is free to do anything. Ministers often have to change what they say," he said. Sreedharan, who led the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and is the principal advisor for the Kochi Metro project, was closely associated with the Kerala government over the years. He was also carrying out reconstruction of the Palarivattom flyover in Kochi that suffered damages due to poor quality of construction within three years of commissioning.