Amid the merger talks between the two factions of AIADMK, Shah’s visit may bring some dramatic change in political bindings of the state. Just as Shah’s visit ahead of the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls witnessed the resignation of few Congress MLAs to join BJP, his Tamil Nadu visit is also likely to get similar results. A number of DMK and AIADMK leaders and workers are expected to join BJP. Among former ministers likely to join the party is Nainar Nagendran, a former AIADMK industries minister from Thirunelveli who belongs to the politically powerful Thevar community.
Amit Shah will arrive at Tamil Nadi on 22 Aug and will attend party meetings in Chennai and Coimbatore thereafter. A top BJP leader said that reconstruction of the state party machinery is likely as Shah wants BJP to become more visible in the state. To hold protests to ask for holding local polls and better quality of teachers in government schools are being planned.