Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah received a grand welcome in Chennai as soon as he came out of his vehicle. Emerging outside of the airport, the senior leader was flooded with supporters all around him soon after he landed in the Tamil Nadu capital. Shah is on a two-day visit in Chennai ahead of next year’s assembly election in the state.

As per official party sources, Shah will address party workers in the state as well as devise poll strategy for the upcoming elections. He will lay the foundation stone for the reservoir at Thervoykandigai built at a cost of Rs 380 crore and lay the foundation for various infrastructure projects worth a whopping Rs 67,378 crore in Tamil Nadu. Shah would be laying the foundation stone of Phase II of the Chennai Metro Rail project The timing of Home Minister visit is considered a crucial one as there are rumours of strains in the ties between the BJP and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK, its ally.

Shah was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, and senior cabinet members. BJP state chief L Murugan was also present at the airport. The ties between the two parties have been over a couple of differences. The BJP’s “Vetri Vel Yatra” planned later this year which was cancelled by the state govt over Covid-19 scare has been one of the main bone of contention.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for phase-two of Chennai Metro Rail Project built at a cost of Rs 61,843 crore and virtually dedicated the new reservoir at Thervaikandigai (Rs 380 crore) to the people in Chennai on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam were present at the occasion. The Union minister also paid his tribute to former chief ministers Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (popularly known as M.G.R.) and Jayalalitha at the event today.