Metro-‘man’ of his words: E Sreedharan keeps poll promise of ‘power for all’ despite defeat

Metro-‘man’ of his words: E Sreedharan keeps poll promise of ‘power for all’ despite defeat

Sreedharan on Tuesday wrote a cheque of Rs 81,525 in the name of the Assistant Engineer, KSEB

E Sreedharan must have lost the electoral battle but he still knows how to win hearts. The ‘Metroman’ has lived a life of virtue and now in his retirement days he continues to hold on to those values to help lesser-privileged people around him.

A month ago, he lost to Congress’ Shafi Parambil from Kerala’s Palakkad constituency, his hometown, by a margin of around 4,000 votes. However, he had made a promise to the electorate during his campaigns that he ensure power connections to all families in the region.

The 88-year-old had assured the residents of Palakkad Municipality’s Maduraveeran colony that “whether or not he wins, all families in the area will get power connections”.

He gave his word to some residents who had approached him with a complaint that a few Scheduled Caste (SC) families in Ward 3 of the municipality did not have power supply, while it was stopped for others due to arrears.

Sreedharan on Tuesday wrote a cheque of Rs 81,525 in the name of the Assistant Engineer, KSEB, Kalpathy, against the payment of the arrears for these families. Furthermore, 11 SC families now will also get new power connections, The New Indian Express said in a report.

He handed over the cheque to the engineer at a function organised by BJP district president E Krishnadas. Ward councillor V Natesan, Palakkad municipal standing committee chairman P Smithesh and ASHA worker Semina were also part of the event.

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In the run up to the Kerala assembly elections in March this year, Sreedharan had said that even at this age he has enough energy to work for the development of Kerala.

“Many people ask me why I entered politics at this age. My answer is – I worked on many projects for the country. At this age too, I have enough energy to work and I want to use it for the development of Kerala. That's why I joined BJP,” he had said.

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