The TamilNadu unit of the BJP is making elaborate arrangements to celebrate ‘Modi ’ in on January 12 to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting the state to inaugurate new government medical colleges. The state unit aims to impress their party leader and boost the morale of the functionaries by organising various programmes during ‘s visit. State president K Annamalai
Annamalai has constituted a 12- member state committee, headed by state general secretary Karu Nagarajan, to coordinate arrangements for the programme. The party has also formed a committee under senior party functionary Prof to organize a grand welcome for Modi.
The party has planned a series of special Pongal events at party mandal level in the state as part of the celebration from January 7. It would culminate in Madurai on January 12 where the PM is expected to participate, said Nagarajan. Folk artists would be roped in for the programme to add colour to the event. “We are planning to bring at least 10,000 women to make Pongal on the occasion. The Modi Pongal festival is also aimed at boosting the morale of the party workers ahead of the urban local body polls,” Nagarajan added.
Union ministers are expected to participate in the programme. Last year, party national president J P Nadda participated in the Pongal celebrations of the state unit. This is the first time Modi is visiting Tamil Nadu after Annamalai assumed charge as the state unit chief. Though the PM’s participation in the Mega Pongal event in Madurai is yet to be confirmed, the state president is keen to make the programme a grand success. “The district units have been instructed to bring the party cadres and supporters in large numbers to showcase the party’s growing strength in Tamil Nadu.
The programme will be organised in such a way that it will send a strong message to political rivals,” said a state level office bearer of the party. It may be recalled that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, along with DMK youth wing secretary , watched jallikattu in Madurai’s Avaniyapuram last year.