KOCHI: Principal adviser to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E Sreedharan, on Monday said that he was yet to get a formal offer from the NDA for joining the Union Cabinet.
He was reacting to the speculations in the media that Sreedharan will be a part of the Modi Cabinet.
“There is speculation that my name is mentioned in the list of candidates for the new Cabinet. However, I am yet to get a formal offer. So it is meaningless to discuss about it at this point of time,” the Metroman told mediapersons here after a meeting held here in connection with the Kochi Metro Rail project.
Sreedharan also said that Narendra Modi is yet to assume office as the Prime Minister and so it is too early to comment on his entry to the Cabinet.
“I am well associated with Modi, but I don’t have any political affiliations with the BJP,” he said.
Sreedharan pointed out that he did not nurture any feeling of ‘untouchability’ towards the BJP and he is not against undertaking the ministership if cabinet rank is offered. Modi had created a conducive environment for setting up the Metro coach factory in Vadodara within a period of 18 months during Sreedharan’s stint as MD of DMRC.
The BJP had also sought the advice of Sreedharan while preparing the party’s poll manifesto, sources said. Earlier, there were media reports that Sreedharan will be made the Railway Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.
However, the latest hint is that the chances are dim for Sreedharan to be invited to be a part of Team Modi as the BJP has taken a decision not to include anyone from outside the party in the new Cabinet.