Friday, 19 April, 2019

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

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A giant hot air balloon, also in black with "Go Back Modi" printed on it, was flown atop the house of former Chennai Mayor Ma Subramanian in Saidapet in Chennai.

Chennai: A different kind of welcome and roadshow awaited Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on Thursday morning where he has arrived to inaugurate DefExpo.

DMK shared a photo of its President M Karunanidhi, where he can be seen wearing black at his Chennai resident as a mark of protest against the visit of the Prime Minister. The Chennai police will be taking care of security along Adyar Cancer Institute to the Old Airport, and the rest will come under the Kanchipuram police limit. The Prime Minister watched an audio visual presentation of India's defence capabilities and also launched IDex which is a platform for innovation and excellence for the start ups.

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Stating that the two defence industrial corridors, including the one in Tamil Nadu, will utilise the existing defence manufacturing ecosystem in these regions, and further build upon it, he said these corridors would become the engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base in the country.

Addressing party MPs through an audio conference call ahead of the protest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Opposition on Wednesday saying, "The people who couldn't gain power in 2014, don't want the country to move forward", ANI reported. It is protest against percisely this negative politics that the PM will lead ruling party MPs in observing a fast. Holding black flags, protesters assembled near the airport in Alandur area. He is being received by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan. Sources in Air Traffic Control said his chopper had to change direction because of hundreds of black balloons in the sky.

Protests led by the opposition DMK turned massive as cinema directors, other political parties like Vaiko's MDMK, Velmurugan's Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi and others joined the agitation.