An enthusiastic welcome was extended to Union Home Minister Amit Shah upon his arrival in Chennai for a two-day program, with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Minister in Chief O. Panneerselvam and other Cabinet ministers who received him at the airport.
It was perhaps the first time in recent decades that a visiting Union Minister received such a nice reception. The Principal Minister and Cabinet Ministers arrived at the airport more than 20 minutes before Mr. Shah’s arrival.
The Union Minister came in a special plane and landed at 1.40 pm Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam, Director General of Police JK Tripathy and other BJP leaders including L. Ganesan and L Murugan, were among those who welcomed him.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements along the route to Leela Palace Hotel, where Mr. Shah checked in, and Kalaivanar Arangam, where he participated in government-run public programs. of State. Police officers were seen standing along the road.
Reception arches decorated with flowers and fruits were erected in the premises of the airport.
Traffic was interrupted on GST road for the passage of the convoy. Mr. Shah was escorted by CRPF commandos in a bulletproof vehicle.
BJP and AIADMK party officials gathered on the sides of the roads, waving party flags and beating drums.
Mr. Shah stopped his car and got out of the vehicle, waving to an enthusiastic crowd. BJP state president Mr. Murugan also walked with him.
During the tour, an elderly man, who came with a “Go back Shah” sign, threw it a few meters from the minister. Police personnel took him away and later identified him as Durairaj, 67, who was angry that he had not received 15 lakh in his bank account which he claimed had been promised to him by the BJP in 2014.
Traffic was blocked from the airport to the Pallavaram bus stop. Hundreds of vehicles were struck in traffic.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shah tweeted: “It’s always great to be in Tamil Nadu. Thank you Chennai for this love and support. The hashtags #GoBackAmitShah and #TNWelcomeAmitShah were trending on Twitter throughout the day.