CHENNAI: BJP national president Amit Shah will be visiting Tamil Nadu for three days from August 22. During his visit, he is likely to come to Chennai and also go to Coimbatore, Madurai and, if possible, a few other places. The visit which should have taken place in May was cancelled at the last minute.
At a time the BJP is trying its best to gain a foothold in Tamil Nadu using prevailing uncertain political atmosphere, Shah’s visit is expected to serve as a morale booster to party cadre. Besides, one of the key aspects of his visit is to meet OBC leaders from various pockets of the State.
The BJP president will be visiting State headquarters and may address mediapersons here, said party sources. Shah will be reviewing organisational works in Tamil Nadu and will be meeting the rank and file of the State unit of the party in different meetings. However, the complete schedule of his visit is likely to be out in a day or two.
In his first ever speech made in Chennai on December 20, 2014, Shah exhorted party cadre in Tamil Nadu to end the cyclical ‘misrule’ of Dravidian parties and to take Tamil Nadu on board with Prime Minister Modi’s Mission for Growth. However, the party could not open its account in the State Assembly in the 2016 elections.
During the past couple of years, the BJP had made many efforts to increase its cadre base and did membership drive through innovative methods.