Union Home Minister Amit Shah touched down in Chennai on Saturday. Shah got a resounding welcome from BJP supporters on his arrival in Chennai. In the run-up to 2021 elections, Shah will be meeting state BJP leaders, district presidents and will be attending several events and meetings. With this visit, many in the BJP feel that Shah will be getting a sense of the political scenario in Tamil Nadu. With the upcoming 2021 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, BJP claims that Shah’s visit will bring a change in Tamil Nadu’s political scenario.
Unlike various states across India, the BJP has not made an in-road in either Kerala or Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, BJP has been in an alliance with AIADMK. Shah will be meeting AIADMK to discuss strategies and plans for the upcoming elections. Ahead of Shah’s arrival in Chennai, expelled DMK leader and MK Alagiri’s closest aide KP Ramalingam joined the BJP on Saturday.
As per reports, it is said that Shah is also expected to meet actor Rajinikanth who is on the verge of starting his political career.
However, ahead of Shah’s visit to Chennai, the hashtag #GoBackAmitShah begun trending on Twitter. It is not the first time a senior BJP leader visiting Tamil Nadu has been welcomed with the #GoBack hashtag. Twice, the Prime Minister of India was welcomed with these hashtags. The first time this happened on September 30, 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a part of the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras’ 56th annual convention, he was welcomed with the hashtag #GoBackModi. The second time was when he traveled to TN to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in October of 2019. Since the announcement of Shah’s arrival in the state, Twitterati has posted tweets, photos, and memes with the hashtag on Twitter.