Pinarayi Vijayan requests PMO to include Sreedharan on inauguration stage of Kochi Metro

Sreedharan, who hails from Palakkad in Kerala, has been overseeing the Kochi Metro project since its inception.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2017 7:08 pm
Kochi Metro, Narendra Modi, E Shreedharan, Metro Man A Kochi Metro train leaves Changampuzha Park station during its trail run in Kochi, India, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Sivaram V

India’s ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan will not find a place on the stage when Kerala’s much-awaited Kochi Metro project is inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 17. Sreedharan’s was among the nine names removed by the Central government from the official programme. The stage will now have just the Prime Minister, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P Sathasivam and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Sreedharan, who hails from Palakkad in Kerala, has been overseeing the project since its inception. His name was among the 13 suggested by the state government to be on stage when the project is inaugurated. Apparently, around 3,500 guests have been invited for the event to inaugurate the commercial services of KMRL. However, Sridharan said that he has no issues with not being on stage.

Meanwhile, the government requested the Prime Minister’s Office to include Sreedharan, the Opposition leader and local MLAs as invitees for the inauguration.

The Kochi Metro Line 1 is 27 kilometres long. Out this the 13-km-long Aluva-Palarivattom section is being inaugurated on Saturday. The PM is expected to take a short ride on India’s newest metro service soon after the event.

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    Prem Raj
    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm
    I guess ... Kerala govt should protest either this way or highway...we can't forget the builder for a VIP inaugurator...
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      mahesh
      Jun 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm
      false news. The actual story is only four persons will be on the Dias. PM, CM, Governor and Minister for urban development will be on the dias. rest everybody will be sitting down. sreedharan has been invited and has already confirmed himself.
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        George
        Jun 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm
        What is false here? The News is saying exactly what you are saying: PM, CM, Governor and Naidu will be on stage. They want the man who actually did, Mr. Sreedharan, to be also on stage. What's wrong? Why is it false?
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      Prem Raj
      Jun 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm
      E sreedharsns name was being suggested for next president candidate in social media hence PMO got irritated
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        Abraham Fernandez
        Jun 15, 2017 at 2:27 am
        As per Bible if you are married and have saex outside you need to Stone The Woman! “If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her ” (Deuteronomy 22:22) “Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 22:24)
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        Bholanath
        Jun 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm
        Communist politics at its best and communist dogs immediately started barking in unison .Modi ji did not finalize the list you communist morons.
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          Anad
          Jun 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm
          it is no the central govt or PMO decided on the people on stage .They only isntructed that only 7 people should share the stage .Why should you include Kochi mayor instead of E Sridharan ? Even Venkaiah Naidu is not necessary .PM office should take the in iave to include metro man Sridharan and ask rganizers to replace V Naidu and Kochi mayor from list.Otherwise the dirty keral politicians especailly CPM will fish in trouble water .Even PM can inaugurate thru video conference to avoid the security and cost
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            Ashley Thomas Thekkolil
            Jun 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm
            Man of masses, orator, is afraid to share dias with more than 7 people in a peaceful state like Kerala? and dont tell me Modi with their bigggest intention of conquering Kerala, has overlooked this and let it to his security team
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            Gopal Verma
            Jun 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm
            Modi is the biggest ego maniac India ever had. This illiterate man with fake degrees has the audacity of refuting work of great people like Sreedharan.
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              THATHAMAN
              Jun 15, 2017 at 12:33 am
              MODI IS SO ARROGANT HE DOES NOT WANT A REAL WORKER WHO COULD COMPLETE THE TASK BUT WANT CHAMCHA VENKAIAH REDDY IN THE STAGE. UNPARD SUDHERENGE NAHI! VOTE MODI OUT FOR GOOD OF THE UNIFIED NATION
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                Ram
                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:42 am
                Modi is afraid of speaking some bull in Kerala like the Somalia talk, hence for moral support he is bringing Naidu who has a PhD in manipulation.
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                  mahesh
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm
                  false news. The actual story is only four persons will be on the Dias. PM, CM, Governor and Minister for urban development will be on the dias. rest everybody will be sitting down. sreedharan has been invited and has already confirmed himself.
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                  Razik
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm
                  See how pol ion are over taking M.R sreedharan hard work I think Kochi people should give parlle reception for him same day of inogration
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                    MPV
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm
                    Is this such a great news? Mr. E Sreedharan, himself would not mind as he is a true "Karmayogi" and has recently written(as per newspaper reports) to PMO for "indigenisation" of metro equipments to save on imported costs etc. His focus is on larger, broader things not on minor issues. This type of reporting is primarily to create ill will against BJP in Kerala. Since, the news report concerns Kochi/Ernakulam ,Why don’t someone in IE do Research and come out with a convincing reason for the following? "In Ernakulam Lok Sabha Cons uency, since 1951, there were 18 Lok Sabha MPs elected. Of these 17 of them had Christian Names and only 1 had a Hindu Name. In 66 years, only for a brief period of 4 years(1967 to 71) that too due to some Christian Church Fathers dissatisfaction, a Hindu named MP was accidentally elected by the BROADMINDED PEOPLE of a particular community. For remaining 62 years, the highly literate, highly broadminded electorate always voted Christian named Candidates?"
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                      Varghese
                      Jun 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm
                      Don't bring in religion into.this please. Your point on ESR wouldn't mind the exclusion is valid and it should be left at this. When you go onto politicising this, you should be called a sanghi. Stay off.. Kerala cares less for these BJp gimmicks man
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                        Tushar
                        Jun 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm
                        Aah such a narrow minded .. I wonder how u live along with broad minded people of Kerala with such a conjusted mindset !?? I don't know ur age but am sure u re above 30 .. So atleast for 20 plus years u didn't have any issues with such matters and u lived very happily ... Don't u feel restless Ness or discomfort when u compare every thing with a religious view ... Just as a common man just move ahead brother .. U know world outside this media platform is too broad and 99/percentage of people doesn't care about others religion during the journey of life .... So don't get stuck up inside the religious hate .. Sreedhar is a most honoured person through out India ...He had been the part of this project and even though he doesn't care it's governments responsibility to make him present at this au ious moment ... And it became news coz even media would have thought giving more important to this news could change the mind of PMO
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                          Ram
                          Jun 15, 2017 at 12:46 am
                          It seems these kind of people wear Chaddi on their head as cap!!!!!!!
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                            Ashley Thomas Thekkolil
                            Jun 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                            Hieghts of narrow mindedness. this is the biggest curse that BJP and RSS has done to India. corrupted the mind of normal people. If you want an argument, which other place in India is quite normal with having a Christian representative for whatever number of years? Ernakulam is the district with maximum christian population in India mainland. I am using the word mainland because I dont know about North east states.
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                            s ramji
                            Jun 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm
                            Kochi metro was ready last month, why delay its use just for a politician, in this case PM. If PM is so particular of inaugurating he could hv done through video conferencing and addressed the crows. Many facilities created are wasted like this just to satisfy politicians ego.
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