Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in Chennai to chalk out a strategy for the party ahead of the next year’s assembly elections.
Amit Shah who is on a two-day visit to Tamil Nadu got a grand welcome in Chennai and also greeted supporters. He will later address party workers and will also dedicate a new reservoir outside Chennai and lay the foundation stone for projects worth ₹ 67,000 crores.
The second phase of the Chennai Metro will also be inaugurated in his presence.
Shah’s visit gains significance amid talk of strained ties between the BJP and its ally, Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami personally received Amit Shah, in a break from protocol, at the airport.
His deputy O Panneerselvam, senior cabinet members, and BJP state chief L Murugan were also among those who received Shah at the airport.
AIADMK’s O Paneerselvam said on Saturday that the alliance with BJP will continue for the 2021 Assembly election.
“AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue for 2021 assembly elections,” Paneerselvam said at a function in Chennai where Amit Shah inaugurated infrastructure projects.
Media quoted sources as saying that the BJP is confident that its alliance with AIADMK will continue.
Reports said in a consultative meeting held on Friday, the BJP expressed its reservation to accept chief minister Palaniswami (EPS) as the CM candidate for the 2021 Assembly elections.
BJP-AIADMK ties under stress, Amit Shah’s visit crucial
The BJP-AIADMK ties came under stress over the latter’s Vetri Vel Yatra and the Saffron Party using the AIADMK’s iconic founder MG Ramachandran or ‘MGR’ alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a campaign video.
The BJP’s Vetri Vel Yatra from November 6 to December 6 honouring Lord Muruga was banned by the AIADMK government over COVID-19 worries.
The BJP insisted on the rally saying it was being carried out to oppose the anti-Hindu agenda of some parties.
The AIADMK was also upset with the national party for its use of MGR’s clip in a campaign video featuring PM Modi.
Polls in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu will go to polls in six months, its first after the death of J Jayalalithaa of AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK.
The BJP sees this election as an opportunity to garner a bigger role in the south where it mainly remains a minor player. The party is in power only in Karnataka in the south.
The AIADMK has supported the BJP in helping the government push legislation through the Rajya Sabha, where it lacks a majority.
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