Union House Minister and prime BJP chief Amit Shah received a grand welcome in Chennai this afternoon as he get out of his car and made an unscheduled stroll on the busy street exterior the airport to greet supporters, after he landed within the Tamil Nadu capital for a two-day go to. Mr Shah will handle occasion employees in addition to give his technique to the state BJP to crack the politically elusive state forward of subsequent yr’s meeting election.
He can even dedicate a brand new reservoir exterior Chennai and lay the inspiration stone for tasks value Rs. 67, 000 crore, together with the second section of Chennai Metro.
The go to comes amid indicators of strains within the ties between the BJP and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK, its ally.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, senior cupboard members and BJP state chief L Murugan had been amongst those that acquired him on the airport.
Whereas sources within the BJP stated they’re assured that the alliance with the AIADMK will proceed, the regional occasion sees no political significance in Mr Shah’s go to. AIADMK sources stated they see it a authorities perform.
Two points that turned flashpoints within the BJP-AIADMK ties just lately had been the “Vetri Vel Yatra” and the BJP utilizing the AIADMK’s iconic founder MG Ramachandran or “MGR” alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a marketing campaign video.
The BJP’s “Vetri Vel Yatra”, deliberate from November 6 to December 6, was conceptualised in honour of Lord Muruga recognized for his “Vel” or spear.
When the AIADMK authorities banned the yatra over Covid worries, the BJP asserted its proper to carry the occasion. The BJP stated its rally – an annual train – was towards what it referred to as the anti-Hindu agenda of some events.
Quickly after, the AIADMK was reportedly upset when the BJP used MGR’s clip in a marketing campaign video that includes PM Modi.
Tamil Nadu will vote for a brand new authorities in lower than six months. This would be the first state election after the demise of the tallest leaders of the 2 most important rival events – J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK – and the BJP senses a chance to attempt to create its house in a significant state within the southern a part of the nation, the place the ruling occasion largely stays a minor participant besides in Karnataka.
The AIADMK is taken into account by the BJP as a pleasant occasion and it has helped the federal government push laws by way of the Rajya Sabha in parliament, the place the opposition has an higher hand.
The AIADMK-BJP alliance suffered an enormous defeat in Tamil Nadu within the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
(With inputs from PTI)