Amit Shah in TN today, events at Thoothukudi, Sivaganga, Coimbatore

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah will arrive in Tamil Nadu today to campaign for their alliance candidates. He is set to address rallies in Thoothukudi, Sivaganga and Coimbatore, sources said.

Alliance leaders including Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will address Amit Shah event, sources added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to come on 12 and 13 April to address election rallies in Coimbatore and Theni.

The BJP has managed to stitch an alliance with the AIADMK, PMK, DMDMK, New Justice Party among others. BJP is contesting in five seats – Coimbatore, Tuticorin, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram and Kaniyakumari.

Amit Shah on Monday lashed out at the Congress, accusing the grand old party of trying to “defame” Hindus by giving them a terror tag.

“Rahul (Gandhi) Baba’s party attempted to link Hindu community with terrorism. It was a bid to defame Hindus across the world,” Shah said, addressing a rally in Paralakhemundi under the Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.

Amit Shah, while appealing public to vote for the BJP in the impending elections, likened the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha to a “burnt transformer” and the Narendra Modi government to a “high capacity electricity production unit.”

“The electricity cannot reach your home from the High tension line directly, a transformer has to be put in place, but the Odisha government is like a burnt transformer,” he said.

Naveen Patnaik cannot deliver his speeches in Odiya without holding a paper in his hand. You should choose a Chief Minister who can understand your pain and sorrow in your own language, only BJP can give such CM to the state and not BJD, he said.