Union Home Minister Amit Shah has arrived in Chennai on Saturday amid strong speculations surfaced around his visit and outraged social media call to voice against his visit with the hashtag 'Go Back Amit Shah' has been trending across Twitter. He landed at the Chennai Airport on Saturday afternoon and he was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and senior state BJP leaders.
Amit Shah has surprised everyone by breaking the protocol in accepting the remarkable reception given by the BJP and ADMK members. When his convoy reached the GST Road in Chennai, he disembarked his car and started walking on the road by breaking the protocol and greeted the supporters. While he was walking on the road, he waved at the supporters at both sides of the road and he was accompanied by Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan and other senior leaders.
He walked on the road for some minutes amid high security and when he surprised everyone by breaking the protocol, there was a shocking incident when he was busy in his surprise drive. According to reports, when he was walking on the road, a sexagenarian had thrown the placard on the road with the words 'Go Back Amit Shah'. The video had shown that the sexagenarian was standing behind the barricade amid hundreds of supporters near the pavement on GST road.
When Amit Shah crossed the section, he had thrown the placard of Go Back Amit Shah on the road. However, Amit Shah went unnoticed and he continued his movement but the policemen who were stationed there had arrested the man who had thrown the placard and taken him under custody for investigation. The police said that he was identified as 67-year-old Durairaj, a resident of Chennai.
The Home Minister has come to Chennai at a high time when Tamil Nadu is just months away from the assembly polls. He has a well-packed agenda of attending government events and holding political talks with the state BJP unit and to review the party's preparedness for the assembly polls. It has been speculated that Amit Shah may meet Rajinikanth in his bid to bring the actor as the supporter of the BJP ahead of the assembly polls.
According to reports, Amit Shah had done what Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reluctant to do when he visited Chennai amid the same scale of opposition. Amit Shah's decision to break the protocol and walk on the road could have seemingly planned by the leader in what has become a distinct and apparent message to the state opposition parties and the people of Tamil Nadu that BJP has been emerging as a strong power in the state politics and the party has been setting a comeback in the state by enhancing the voter base and defeating the Dravidian parties.
Amit Shah's visit has come at a high time when the Tamil Nadu BJP unit has been organizing 'Vetrivel Yatra' in consolidating the Hindu votes against the order of the Tamil Nadu government and when the DMK has been in the final stage of unveiling its full-fledged election campaign. The opposition parties and its supporters have been trending the hashtag of 'Go Back Amit Shah' to voice against the arrival of the Home Minister and such opposition was countered by the BJP members and supporters who trended the hashtag of 'TN Welcomes Amit Shah'.
The reports say that it was Amit Shah's first visit to Tamil Nadu since he became Home Minister and he has attended the state government event where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for projects with over Rs 67,000 crore including phase II of the Chennai Metro Rail. Two years ago, the Prime Minister faced the same opposition of 'Go Back Modi', and the protesters had carried black flags and raised slogans against the Prime Minister's visit. Amid such protests, Modi skipped the road travel, and instead, he traveled in the chopper.
However, amid the same scale of opposition, Amit Shah had broken the protocol and got down from his convoy and walked on the road to greet the supporters and his gesture, the political observers say that, had sent a strong signal to the opposition that the Central ruling party will soon become a powerful party in the state. At the airport, Amit Shah was received by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam, senior ministers, and senior BJP leaders. He will be returning to Delhi on Sunday morning and on Saturday evening, he will be chairing the meet with the state BJP leaders to review the party's strategies for the upcoming polls.
Thank you Tamil Nadu!— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 21, 2020
Some more pictures from Chennai. pic.twitter.com/FaUNxAQft5