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Amit Shah in Chennai, to inaugurate several projects in Tamil Nadu | India News

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NEW DELHI: Union Interior Minister Amit Shah arrived in Chennai on Saturday to inaugurate several projects in Tamil Nadu amid the BJP’s efforts to increase the party’s presence in the southern state.
Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Senior Deputy Minister O Panneerselvam and senior cabinet colleagues were at the airport to greet Amit Shah.
AIADMK cadres and officials and BJP workers gathered at Chennai airport to welcome the Union minister.
Seeing the BJP and AIADMK cadres lined up along the road outside the airport, Shah walked down the road and waved his hands at them.
Amit Shah will dedicate the new water reservoir to the people that will serve the needs of Chennai residents and lay the foundation stones for various other projects, the Tamil Nadu government said.
The new reservoir built with an outlay of Rs 380 million will be dedicated to a function at Kalaivanar Arangam here, chaired by the prime minister.
Shah will also lay the foundations for Phase II of Chennai Metro Rail with an outlay of Rs 61,843 crore; Rs 1,620 crore elevated highway project in Coimbatore; expansion of the Chennai Trade Center (Rs 309 crore); The Indian Oil Corporation oil terminal in Vallur (Rs 900 million); Rs 1,400 crore lubrication plant; Rs 900 crore terminal in the port of Kamarajar; and a 406 million rupee check dam with gates across the Cauvery River in Karur district.
Amit Shah is also scheduled to meet with Tamil Nadu BJP officials and cadres to push them forward ahead of the 2021 assembly elections. His visit comes shortly after the NDA’s electoral victory in the Bihar assembly elections.
The head of the Tamil Nadu BJP unit, L Murugan, had previously claimed that Shah’s visit will strike fear in the minds of opposition parties.
His visit comes amid the alleged break between the BJP and the ruling AIADMK over the ‘Vel Yatra’. The AIADMK government has rejected permission for the yatra to qualify the measure as “religion-based vote bank policy.” But the BJP has gone ahead with the program, seeking arrests wherever they have been detained.
(With inputs from the agencies)

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