Hours after the AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palanaiswami declared that the party’s alliance with the BJP would continue in 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with state party members at a private hotel to discuss political strategy for the upcoming polls.
In his one-and-a-half-hour meeting with over 200 party members, Shah cited examples of how the BJP made inroads in states like Tripura and Bihar and expressed his confidence that the same formula could work in states like Tamil Nadu.
The Home Minister assured the party cadre that if each of them worked tirelessly and dedicated themselves to the party for the next five years, BJP could “rule the state”.
In the meeting, a few BJP members raised objection to the party’s alliance with the AIADMK. Shah responded by saying the central leadership team would handle things at the alliance front.
Some of the leaders after attending the meeting told reporters BJP will be part of the coalition government in 2021.
Shah springs surprise, walks on Chennai road to greet supporters
Amit Shah on 21 November sprang a surprise here when he virtually broke protocol to get out of his vehicle and walk on the busy GST Road outside the airport to greet supporters, minutes after he landed here for a two-day visit of the city.
Soon after his arrival from Delhi, Shah was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, senior cabinet members and BJP State President L Murugan among others, before proceeding to the city hotel where he will be put up.
However, after exiting the airport, Shah’s car suddenly stopped and the BJP veteran got out, before walking a short distance, waving at scores of BJP and AIADMK workers who had gathered to receive him with their respective party flags.
Accompanied by BJP National General Secretary and party in-charge of poll-bound Tamil Nadu, CT Ravi, and Murugan, with his security detail in tow, the Home Minister warmly waved at the overjoyed supporters who had thronged the airport since the morning.
A heavy security cover has been provided in the city following Shah’s visit, during which he will meet state BJP functionaries and possibly discuss Tamil Nadu elections, due next April-May, before leaving on 22 November morning.
Later during the day, Shah dedicated a Rs 380 crore fifth reservoir to cater to the city’s drinking water supply and laid the foundation stone for various infrastructure projects, totalling over Rs 67,000 crore, across the state.
The projects for which Shah laid the foundation stone included the Rs 61,843 crore phase II of Chennai Metro Rail, elevated highway in Coimbatore at an estimated Rs 1,620 crore, a barrage across river Cauvery in Karur district and IOCL’s projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore here.
Shah dedicated the Thervaikandigai resevoir in Tiruvllur district and laid the foundation stone for the initiatives virtually from Kalaivanar Arangam here in the event attended by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy