Union Home Minister Amit Shah was all under full praise from the ADMK leaders as they welcomed the former to Chennai, as he arrived at the city on Saturday for the first time since he became the Home Minister. Amit Shah was on his two-day trip to Tamil Nadu to take part in the government events and to meet the BJP leaders ahead of the assembly polls and both the ADMK leaders had announced that the party will contest in the polls in BJP-ADMK alliance.
Amit Shah has arrived in the city at a high time when Tamil Nadu is fast-approaching the legislative elections and when the state BJP unit has been organizing 'Vetrivel Yatra' in its bid to consolidate Hindu votes to strengthen the party base ahead of the elections. Amit Shah was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam, senior ADMK Ministers, and BJP leaders, and the Home Minister drove to Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai to inaugurate various government projects.
During the event, the Home Minister had unveiled several infrastructure projects including Chennai Metro Rail phase II through video conferencing. Speaking at the event, Panneerselvam, who is the ADMK coordinator, had lauded the Home Minister and said that Amit Shah has been instrumental in maintaining internal peace and order and he played a pivotal role in several historical achievements of the union government.
Taking the presence of the Home Minister as the prospect, Panneerselvam has announced that the alliance between the ADMK and BJP will continue in the future elections. The Deputy Chief Minister further added that the projects unveiled on Saturday are a mix of projects funded by both the Central and state governments and Panneerselvam had called Amit Shah as a modern-day 'Chanakya' in politics.
Following Panneerselvam, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, who is the joint coordinator of ADMK, took the podium and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The Chief Minister asserted that the BJP-ADMK alliance will win a majority of seats and the ADMK will retain the power and form the next government in the state and announced that the alliance with the Central ruling party will continue.
The announcement from both the ADMK leaders holds a crucial assertion in clearing clouds of rumors and speculations on the tussle in the alliance. Recently, the ADMK was surfaced with speculations that the state ruling party will likely be breaking the alliance with the BJP after the Central ruling party had claimed that it will lead the alliance in the state and went on to organize Vetrivel Yatra against the order passed by the ADMK government.
Earlier, the state BJP leaders had claimed that the party will be leading the alliance in the state after winning the 2021 assembly polls. However, the ADMK had strongly flayed the BJP for its remarks and the current state ruling party said that it will lead the alliance in the state. Fueling the tensions, the Tamil Nadu BJP had brought up the Vetrivel Yatra to cover the Hindu votes. The ADMK government has refused its permission to BJP to organize the campaign by citing the COVID-19 outbreak.
The ADMK government has arrested the BJP leaders multiple times for defying its order and carrying out the campaign and there was a war of words between the leaders of both the parties. The development has stirred speculations whether there has been a drift between the ADMK and BJP alliance. However, in the presence of Amit Shah, both the ADMK leaders had on Saturday cleared the speculations and made a big announcement that the ADMK-BJP alliance will continue in the state in the upcoming elections.