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E Sreedharan to be next India President? Here’s why Metro Man would be best pick for PM Narendra Modi

16 June, 2017 6:14 AM
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E Sreedharan to be next India President? Here’s why Metro Man would be best pick for PM Narendra Modi

Presidential Election 2017: The list of probable NDA candidates include names like Sushma Swaraj, Sumitra Mahajan, Draupadi Murmu, Kariya Munda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and E Sreedharan.

Presidential Election 2017: The secrecy over the respective Presidential candidates of the Opposition and NDA camps has made the race to Raisina Hill exciting. Even as the President of India doesn’t exercise much executive powers, the man or the woman occupying the Raisina Hill in New Delhi has a lot of sway over public perception both in the country as well as outside. The President commands respect from all politicians as well as citizens. The respect, however, comes naturally if he or she is an inspirational figure. Take the case of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, whose scientific achievements and humility was respected all over the world. He was popular among the children and youth and used the Presidential office to inspire a new generation of the country. Probably after decades, people looked up to the President of India as a source of inspiration during Kalam’s tenure.

As PM Narendra Modi and his colleagues jostle to pick the right candidate to replace President Pranab Mukherjee, who will retire in July, several probable names have come up for consideration in the NDA camp. The list includes names like BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, former deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Kariya Munda,Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan. Earlier, names of senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were also reported to be under consideration. However, with the opening of Babri conspiracy case against them, it is highly unlikely that PM Modi would risk proposing their names for the Presidential Election 2017.

1. Sreedharan, who is famous for putting India successfully on the metro map of the world by leading the Delhi Metro project and now the to-be-launched Kochi Metro, is also known as a no-nonsense man of action. His stellar achievements have made him popular across the country and he would naturally command respect across Indian and the world.

2. Politically, Sreedharan comes from Kerala. With BJP looking to bolster its presence in southern states, the choice of Sreedharan would send a good message to people. However, Presidential poll is not meant for scoring political goals.

3. The post of President is mostly ceremonial. With the benefit of hindsight, we know that inspirational figures, even while seated on ceremonial positions, can do more in changing public perceptions about things than political figures. Anyway, in India we respect our scientists and engineers more than the politicians.

4. By not opting for a political candidate for the top post of the country, PM Modi can boost his image among voters opposed to the BJP. The saffron party was instrumental in bringing Kalam to the Raisina Hill and earned goodwill of people across the country for doing that. It can do so again by picking Sreedharan, or any other figure like him from a non-political background.

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R Rony Edakkalathur

17 June, 2017 12:18 PM

If ES is the choice I believe he will be elected without opponents because congress and cpim will be the most happiest to see him as president .Our metro man

S sameer pande

16 June, 2017 4:24 PM

Very good choice

P ps

17 June, 2017 9:48 AM

But there is a great difference in stature between Dr. Kalam and Dr . Shreedharan .Metro and other infrastructure projects are coming up in every nook and corner of the country not to overlook other projects in other sectors

S santosh sawant

16 June, 2017 3:57 PM

very good choice by BJP and modi, may be the best choice for president after after Abdul Kalaamjee...masterstroke by Modi co...

B BharatLal

16 June, 2017 3:20 PM

E Sridharan is best choice and acceptable to all Indians.

M Mangesh Bordawekar

16 June, 2017 1:59 PM

Great News if Mr.E Sreedharan becomes our President, but this is very unlikely as he is not known to dance to the tune of our politicins.


16 June, 2017 4:36 PM

With Shri E Sreedharan as the President , India can look forward to a brisk journey into the future with utmost simplicity and safety!!!

R Rao

16 June, 2017 12:32 PM

Personally, I will be the happiest if Mr. Sreedharan becomes President, because over three months back, as a member of PM's where one can write things, I had suggested that Mr. Sreedharan should be NDA's candidate. Now, after all others, his name has appeared in the list. He also deserves this reward for the selfless service rendered by him from the days of Ranasethu Railway bridge to Kochi Metro construction.


16 June, 2017 12:31 PM

This is highly speculative. It will be irresponsible if there is nothing supporting this speculation.

S Subrata Dutta

16 June, 2017 2:00 PM

No question, it should be a ES.

S Satish Chandran

16 June, 2017 12:28 PM


S Shadesofgrey

16 June, 2017 2:38 PM

He is certainly the most deserving candidate, as the president should always be an apolitical figure. We already have a shining example of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who perhaps was the best president ever, as he projected b India abroad which no other president did with his simplicity, humility and intellectual a en. He earned the respect of masses too. I will salute our erstwhile prime minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as he broke the tradition to place a civilian at the top. Hope our PM can follow suit and other political parties reach consensus on Mr. E Sreedharan. Dr Narayan Murthy is another deserving candidate, I can recommend of.

I IR Fan

16 June, 2017 12:27 PM

ES would be a great choice, outsmarting UPA and even the Commies will be forced to not oppose him. Would be jackpot for him KL, and as an extension, The Final Frontier, TN, in the forthcoming '19 elections.

S subrata

16 June, 2017 9:14 PM

It will be a good choice.

Suresh Kumar Madakkavil

16 June, 2017 12:25 PM

Really deserved man. He should be elected as Indian president unanimously.