As the 2024 Lok Sabha polls are just a year away, the ruling BJP is building up a plan to cradle and strengthen the party in the South, including in Tamil Nadu, where the saffron camp has been getting uprooted by the storm of Dravidian politics. Besides displaying its electoral love for the Tamil language, the BJP has come up with a mission of celebrating the culture of the state.
How the BJP's mission would be rolled out? Through conducting Tamil sangamams across the country. Last year, the centre has organized 'Kashi Tamil Sangamam in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and now, a similar sangamam would be held next month in Gujarat and to make the event appear grant, the saffron party is planning to take 3,000 people from Tamil Nadu on a trip.
The 10-day Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam in Gujarat would aim to showcase the 'age-old' ties between the two states as well as Modi's Gujarat model to the Tamil Nadu people. It will become second such cultural conference under 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' iniviative. The Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam will be held between 17 and 26 April this year.
The event has been planned by National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, and Saurashtra University in Rajkot, and is being facilitated by the Gujarat government. According to The Print, during this ten-day period, every day a train with 288 delegates - including students, youth, teachers, professionals, culture experts, others will travel to Gujarat and they will be exhibited about the state's mechanism of infrastructure and tourism.
From Tamil Nadu, at least 3,000 people will be taken for a trip by the BJP in Gujarat. It is pertinent to note that Tamil Nadu has a significant population of Saurashtrian community. The Saurashtra originally hails from Gujarat and now, the community largely lives in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
While the DMK slams the BJP for doing such events for vote-bank politics, the Tamil Nadu BJP leaders boast that the sangamam in Saurashtra would be an exchange of two different cultures and states and that being the most ancient language, Tamil has connections throughout India.