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Amit Shah forms team to strengthen, spread BJP in Tamil Nadu, to decide on partner in September

Shah mentioned a list of initiatives taken by the central government in the state in the past four years and urged the cadre and people of Tamil Nadu to question what erstwhile non-BJP governments had done for the people of the state.

Updated: Jul 10, 2018, 09.07 AM IST
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Schemes totalling Rs 5.10 lakh crore were initiated in the past four years by the Narendra Modi government in Tamil Nadu.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will decide on its coalition partner in Tamil Nadu for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections post September, party national president Amit Shah said in his address to more than 10,000 party workers from the state, gathered in Chennai.

Addressing the party’s critics, Shah mentioned a list of initiatives taken by the central government in the state in the past four years and urged the cadre and people of Tamil Nadu to question what erstwhile non-BJP governments had done for the people of the state. “Schemes totalling Rs 5.10 lakh crore were initiated in the past four years by the Narendra Modi government in Tamil Nadu … those opposing the BJP in the state are obliged to elaborate on what they have done for the people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.

According to sources aware of the proceedings at a meeting of BJP parliamentary in-charges with the party president on Monday afternoon, a new team has been formed to “strengthen and spread” the BJP among the electorate in every constituency.

Discussions have also taken place on the strengths of the BJP and about constituencies where more efforts are needed to get in the race. “Amit Shah has also made it clear that several top BJP leaders will be frequently making visits to the state ahead of the parliamentary elections,” a source told ET. Narayanan Thirupathy, a spokesperson for the BJP, said the party has made a headstart in preparing the party structure for the forthcoming elections.

Until late evening on Monday, BJP cadre thronged the entrance of the VGP Golden Beach Resort, where Shah met the local party functionaries. Heavy policing marked the over 10 KM stretch starting from the southern end of the city, Thiruvanmayur, up to Injambakkam where the resort is located. Police and cadre vehicles extended to over a kilometre with commuters on the stretch facing some disruptions throughout the second half of the day.

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