PM Narendra Modi in Chennai: Opposition parties stage black flag protest

Frederick Owens
April 15, 2018

Several regional party outfits too came out on the streets to protest, but were kept in check by the strong police force.

The 4km-long road from Guindy to Chennai airport at Meenambakkam, where the prime minister landed this morning to participate in the 10th edition of the DefExpo at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai, was flooded with protesters, forcing Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman to walk down one kilometre to reach the airport to welcome Modi.

"Thus, a state like Tamil Nadu, which has devoted a lot of effort, energy and resources towards population control would certainly benefit", Mr Modi said while inaugurating a slew of projects at the Cancer Institute here. While Modi spoke about India's defence philosophy, spread of communicable diseases and even allayed fears over the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, he chose to stay mum on the Cauvery Management Board.

The Sikh activist groups in England, with the support of over 200 UK Gurdwaras, have written to British Prime Minister, Theresa May to raise a number of serious concerns with Narendra Modi when the two meet on 18 April.

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BJP suppoters burnt effigy of Vaiko in Coimbatore on Thursday for the remarks he made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The black flag protest would be held at the Alandur Metro Rail Station, Velmurugan told reporters.

On Tuesday, some of the protestors were arrested after they tried to stop an IPL match held at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium. Announcing the decision late last evening, IPL Chairman Rajv Shukla said the police have expressed inability "to provide security in the prevailing situation". The party, which has been leading the opposition in the protests over Cauvery water sharing issue, has organised various mass movements against the central and the state governments.

Actor-turned-politician had also written an open letter to Modi, questioning if the Centre is dithering on setting up the CWMB with an eye on the coming Assembly in Karnataka.

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