Union Home Minister Amit Shah has visited Chennai on Saturday with the well-packed agenda of giving surprise, distinct message, and confidence to both the ruling ADMK and the state unit of BJP. This was the first visit of Amit Shah to Tamil Nadu since he became the Home Minister and his visit has come when the state is just months away from the assembly elections.
The Home Minister had strongly taken the visit to convey a clear message to the opposition that the BJP has been emerging brightly in the state. Under the guise of inaugurating the government schemes and projects, the Home Minister took it as the prospect of giving confidence and a crucial boost to the BJP in the state ahead of the polls. With Amit Shah on the stage, the government event had turned into the political caucus with flaying the opposition and asserting the alliance.
The Home Minister was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam, senior ministers, and senior BJP leaders at the Chennai Airport. Amit Shah drove to Kalaivanar Arangam and unveiled various government projects including Chennai Metro Rail phase II. Addressing the event, Amit Shah and praised the ADMK rule and staunchly attacked the DMK-led opposition in what has become his campaign for the BJP-ADMK alliance.
Speaking at the event, the Home Minister has asserted that the ADMK government under the leadership of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam has been providing good governance in the state and Amit Shah said that BJP will support the ADMK rule in the state to take care of the welfare of the people. The political observers say that through his speech, Amit Shah had strongly glued the alliance and dotted up the speculations about the drift between the parties.
Amit Shah said that Tamil Nadu has made good progress under the ADMK government and the Center believes that the state government will continue providing good governance. The Home Minister had strongly castigated the DMK for accusing the Center of doing injustice to the state. Amit Shah had challenged the Congress and DMK to put out what the parties had done for the benefit of Tamil Nadu while in power for a decade. The Home Minister said that the BJP had increased the budget and fund allocation to the state and the Prime Minister has established a memorial for former President APJ Abdul Kalam and laid the foundation stone for the construction of AIIMS in Tamil Nadu.
The Home Minister's speech had lasted for 30 minutes and he further stated that the country has been teaching a lesson against the dynasty politics and vowed that he believes such a lesson would be taught in Tamil Nadu. Following the event, Amit had chaired the meeting with the state BJP leaders on Saturday evening during which he promised that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the state and form its own government.
During the meeting that was attended by senior leaders, Amit Shah has urged the party workers to work hard to accomplish BJP's goal of capturing the government in Tamil Nadu and he expressed his confidence that the party would emerge as the single largest party in the state. Amit Shah's meeting has come when the state BJP unit has been organizing 'Vetrivel Yatra' to consolidate Hindu votes in the state.
According to reports, some of the party members had voiced against BJP's decision to continue the alliance with the ADMK after the state ruling party had denied permission for BJP's Vetrivel Yatra. The members claimed that the ADMK has been acting against the interest of BJP in the state and demanded to end the alliance with the state ruling party. However, Amit Shah had instructed the members to stop worrying about the alliance and asked them to focus on spreading the party's ideology in the state to stronghold its base.
According to a news agency, Amit Shah had quoted some examples of how BJP had grown in the country. He said that the party was performing poorly in Assam and Tripura and now the party has won and formed the governments in these states due to the hard work of the party functionaries. The Home Minister underlined that the party had struggled for forty years and it has now formed governments in various states and expressed his confidence that the party will come to power on its own in Tamil Nadu.
In what has become his ideas and strategies to the party to form the own government, Amit Shah has urged the party functionaries to spread the party's ideology, strengthening booth-level committees of the party, and spread Central government's schemes and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership to achieve the party's ultimate goal of forming the own government in Tamil Nadu. The political observers say that his visit could create a crucial impact in the alliance and in seat sharing and Amit Shah had strongly used the government's event as his election campaign with the complete support of ADMK leaders. The Home Minister has left for Delhi on Sunday by leaving a strong note of confidence and a critical boost for the Tamil Nadu BJP in enhancing its base amid being faltered by the stronghold of Dravidian politics.