Amit Shah to visit TN amid BJP-ADMK tussle: What's his agenda behind the visit?

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting Chennai later this week and he will be landing in the city with a well-packed agenda from attending the government programmes to meeting the leaders of the Tamil Nadu BJP, ahead of the state assembly polls. 

Amit Shah will be visiting Chennai on November 21 and his visit holds significance as it has come when the state is just months away from the assembly polls and when the state has been witnessing a tussle between the Tamil Nadu BJP and state ruling ADMK over the Central ruling party's 'Vetrivel Yatra' in the state, that was rejected by the state government. 

According to reports, the Home Minister will be taking part in collaborative programmes organized by the Center and the state. Amit Shah will also be chairing the meet of the Tamil Nadu BJP unit participated by the state unit's core committee members and senior leaders to review how the party is prepared for the upcoming legislative elections. 

The BJP and ADMK alliance recently rivaled each other over the former's campaign of Vetrivel Yatra. The BJP had planned to carry out the month-long campaign from November 6 to December 6 in its bid to cover the Hindu voter base. The state unit had announced that it would be touring the six adobes of Lord Muruga (Aaru Padai Veedu) in Tamil Nadu during the course of the campaign and would focus on countering the opposition parties and pitching Modi's achievements in the state ahead of the polls.

However, a day ahead of commencing the campaign, the state ruling ADMK government had denied its permission for BJP to conduct the campaign by citing the COVID-19 spread and restrictions for a large gathering. The Madras High Court had also heard the petitions of permitting and denying the yatra and the state judicial body had asked the government to take a final call concerning the campaign. As the government canceled its permission for the yatra, it had shocked the BJP. 

Despite the ban for the yatra, the BJP had defied the government's order and began its yatra as planned only to witness the detention of senior leaders including Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan. With yatra directing fresh rival in the alliance, Amit Shah's visit is expected to fix the issues in the alliance ahead of the polls. 

The reports close to the development say that Shah's main agenda of the visit is to prepare the state BJP unit for the elections and to work out the party's electoral strategy. With being dubbed as a crucial visit, Tamil Nadu BJP President Murugan told the reporters that the state unit will be giving a grand reception for the Home Minister at the Chennai airport. 

The state president added that Amit Shah will be taking part in the government programme and he will be reviewing the state unit's preparedness for the elections. He issued a clarification that the Home Minister will not be taking part in BJP's Vetrivel Yatra.  According to a news agency, Shah will be having an interaction with the senior state leaders concerning the elections and to give instructions and strategies for the party.