MADURAI: The BJP national president Amit Shah’s July 15 visit to the south has been cancelled because of pressing engagements in New Delhi, said R Srinivasan, state additional organiser, Sudhesi Vizhipunarvu Iyakkam.
Shah was scheduled to take part in the former Chief Minister K Kamaraj’s birth anniversary organised by the Nadar Mahajana Sangam, Virudhunagar and attend a state conference organised by Devendrakula Vellar in Madurai on July 15.
“Amit Shah had to cancel his visit because the Chief Ministers conference and planning commission meet are on that day. As BJP national president, his presence is needed there,” said Srinivasan to the media here on Monday.
Shah deputed the party senior and Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu to attend Kamaraj’s birthday anniversary at Virudhunagar on July 15.
“As the Devendrakula Vellar members want only his presence at their conference, they accepted to wait some more weeks. Amit Shah will participate in the meet before July end,” he claimed.
Srinivasan said Amit Shah’s participation in the meet is to promote communal harmony in these areas.
“Devendrakula Vellar wants the members not to refer to people as Dalits. We along with few Caste Hindu groups are having a signature campaign urging the State government to pass a GO on this. This will be one of the main agenda of the conference,” said Srinivasan.
G Karikolraj, general secretary, Nadar Mahajana Sangam said the Government should follow Justice Ratnavelu Pandian panel’s recommendations to improve the job scope and promote industrial development in southern districts to prevent Caste conflicts.
He also requested the government to name the mid-day meals scheme as Kamaraj Mid-Day Meals Scheme.