Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Chennai on Saturday, 21 November, and was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Shah’s visit, first amid the pandemic, comes just months before the Assembly elections in summer 2021.
It is always great to be in Tamil Nadu. Thank you Chennai for this love and support. https://t.co/pxl5EaZ6on
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 21, 2020
The home minister virtually inaugurated the new water reservoir at Thervaikandigai that will cater to the needs of Chennai residents at an event organised for the foundation laying of several development projects.
“We will continue our alliance with BJP,” O Panneerselvam, Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK coordinator stated at the event.
While AIADMK and BJP cadres gathered outside the airport to welcome him, #GoBackAmitShah was trending on Twitter ahead of the home minister’s arrival in the state.
— S. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (@SVishnuReddy) November 21, 2020
The new reservoir built at an outlay of Rs 380 crore was inaugurated at an event at Kalaivanar Arangam in the city, with Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam.
Tamil Nadu: Home Minister Amit Shah virtually dedicates the new reservoir at Thervaikandigai and lays the foundation stone for phase-2 of Chennai Metro Rail Project, at an event in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/e0DADM2Mi4
— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2020
Shah also laid the foundation stones of Phase II of Chennai Metro Rail with an outlay of Rs 61,843 crore; Rs 1,620 crore elevated expressway project in Coimbatore; expansion of Chennai Trade Centre (Rs 309 crore); Indian Oil Corporation's petroleum terminal at Vallur (Rs 900 crore); Rs 1,400 crore lube plant; Rs 900 crore terminal at Kamarajar Port; and Rs 406 crore check dam with sluice gates across the Cauvery river in Karur district.
He will later meet meet Tamil Nadu BJP office-bearers and cadres to galvanise them ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls, said the state unit of the party. Tamil Nadu BJP unit chief L Murugan had earlier claimed that Shah's visit will put “fear in the minds of opposition parties.”
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