3 min read.Updated: 21 Nov 2020, 06:58 PM IST Edited By J. Jagannath
Shah's visit assumes significance as BJP prepares itself for the Assembly polls scheduled in mid-2021 in Tamil Nadu
Shah pats TN govt for its effective handling of the Covid-19 pandemic under Palaniswami-Panneerselvam leadership
New Delhi: During Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Chennai on Saturday, O. Panneerselvam, Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK coordinator, said the party will continue its alliance with BJP in the 2021 polls.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for phase-two of Chennai Metro Rail Project built at a cost of ₹61,843 crore and virtually dedicated the new reservoir at Thervaikandigai ( ₹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 Jayalalithaa at the event today.
Shah said the country had rallied behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and it was doing better than even developed countries over the handling of the contagion.
"Not just government and its machinery but 130 crore Indians are fighting battle against Covid-19 under PM Modi's leadership," said Amit Shah in Chennai.
Patting the Tamil Nadu government over its effective handling of the situation under the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam leadership, he said it was duly implementing the various instructions of the Centre on the matter.
"The world and country are fighting against COVID-19. The country has successfully faced it under PM Modi. On a comparative note, India has fared better than many developed countries," he said.
"With all humility, we state that the schemes and funds provided to Tamil Nadu by the Central government are not meant for help but it is the right of Tamil Nadu that were not being given to it but Modiji ensured that now Tamil Nadu gets its rights," said Shah after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of various development projects in Chennai.
"Sometimes I heard DMK leaders speaking of injustice done to Tamil Nadu. DMK and Congress were at the Centre for 10 years. We are ready for a debate on whether Tamil Nadu got more help in those 10 years or during the tenure of our government," he added.
reminded the people of the state that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tamil families when he visited Jaffna.
"When Modi ji visited Sri Lanka, he didn't forget Jaffna. He visited Tamil colonies there & met with Tamil brothers & sisters. He laid foundation stone for providing them houses. Over 50,000 Tamils will get houses & damaged temples will be rejuvenated in Sri Lanka," Shah said.
"After Modi Ji came into power, competitiveness among states has increased. I am happy that Tamil Nadu has secured first place among the states in good governance this year. Modi government has announced to establish defence industrial corridor projects in only two states of the country and Tamil Nadu is one of them," said Shah.
"Tamil Nadu and Tamil recommendation are one of the oldest recommendations in history. I am confident that the way Tamil Nadu developed under the leadership of MGR and Jayalalithaa, it will develop in a similar way under Palaniswami's leadership," he added.
The Home Minister is also scheduled to lay the foundation for various infrastructure projects worth a whopping ₹67,378 crore along with the launch of an elevated corridor on Coimbatore-Avinashi Road ( ₹1,620 crore), construction of a new barrage across the Cauvery at Nanjai Pugalur in Karur district ( ₹406 crore), Chennai Trade Centre extension project ( ₹309 crore), Indian Oil Corporation Terminal at Vallur in Tiruvallur district ( ₹900 crore), Lube plant at Amullaivoyal ( ₹1,400 crore) and a new berth at Kamarajar port in Chennai ( ₹900 crore) to boost cargo handling, as per an official statement.
Shah's visit assumes significance as BJP prepares itself for the Assembly polls scheduled in mid-2021 in Tamil Nadu.