1. E Sreedharan to be next India President? Why Metro Man would be best pick for PM Narendra Modi

E Sreedharan to be next India President? 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.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 3:28 PM
 presidential election, presidential election 2017, e sreedharan president, e sreedharan, next president of india, presidential election, presidential poll, presidential poll 2017, narendra modi, modi e sreedharan ‘Metro man’ and DMRC Principal Advisor, E Sreedharan during the inspection of the newly constructed Kochi Metro train station Palarivattom on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Kerala’s first metro on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

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.

Indian Today has reported sources as saying that there is a “strong possibility” of the ‘Metro Man’ being nominated as the NDA Presidential candidate. Except Sreedharan, the rest of the names among the probable candidates are from political background.

Sreedharan has, however, denied that the Centre has talked to him about the possibility of him being selected as the NDA candidate for the Presidential election. “No reality in it (reports of him being considered for the post of President). No discussions took place. Don’t long for it,” Sreedharan was quoted as saying by ANI.

Despite denial from the ‘Metro Man’, he is still a better candidate than the others being considered for India’s top job. The Kalam example shows that a President from a background other than politics can help build ‘Brand India’ better than the rest. Moreover, at a time when the Centre is trying to change the image of India into a pro-innovation country, free from political and bureaucratic hurdles with schemes like Digital India, Make in India, Start-up India etc, a President like Sreedharan would help PM Modi in many ways. There are at least four reasons for this:

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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  1. J
    Jun 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Dear Modiji/Soniaji, Please say YES on Sreedharan's Presidency. If you say NO nothing will happen. India will move on as it is. But if you say YES it will be history, which encourage scores of indians to say YES. Sounds like a changed version of a movie dialogue? But, it make sense. An honest man with great integrity, a commoner, who served india for decades and anc d many prestigious infrastructure projects, E.Sreedharan is a good choice. Hope our respected political leaders consider it seriously.
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      Rony Edakkalathur
      Jun 17, 2017 at 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
      1. P
        Jun 17, 2017 at 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
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          Dr.boby Manuel
          Jun 17, 2017 at 7:25 am
          Very good move if dr E. sreedharan is the next Indian president
          1. S
            Jun 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm
            It will be a good choice.
            1. S
              SARADA VEMPARALA
              Jun 16, 2017 at 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!!!
              1. H
                Hariharan. K.
                Jun 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                Let us ordinary citizens, not VIPS NOR VVIPS propose his name through social and other media. I call upon the youth of this country to take initiate and lead.
                1. S
                  sameer pande
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm
                  Very good choice
                  1. S
                    santosh sawant
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 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...
                    1. B
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm
                      E Sridharan is best choice and acceptable to all Indians.
                      1. Shadesofgrey
                        Jun 16, 2017 at 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.
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                          Mangesh Bordawekar
                          Jun 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                          Great News if Mr. E Sreedharan becomes our President, though it is very unlikely as he is not known to dance to the tune of our politician.
                          1. Subrata Dutta
                            Jun 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                            No question, it should be a ES.
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                              Mangesh Bordawekar
                              Jun 16, 2017 at 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.
                              1. R
                                Jun 16, 2017 at 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.
                                1. S
                                  Jun 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                                  This is highly speculative. It will be irresponsible if there is nothing supporting this speculation.
                                  1. Satish Chandran
                                    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                                    A WELCOME MOVE
                                    1. I
                                      IR Fan
                                      Jun 16, 2017 at 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.
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                                        Suresh Kumar Madakkavil
                                        Jun 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                                        Really deserved man. He should be elected as Indian president unanimously.
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