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

15 April, 2018, 00:23 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses media at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 7

In what would be a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and other leaders of the ruling party will observe a day-long fast today to protest the frequent disruptions that marred the Budget session of Parliament.

Be it black flag, balloon with slogan saying "Go Back Modi or the hashtag #GoBackModil in Twitter, they highlighted the mood of the protestors of various parties including DMK". There were at least 10,000 police personnel present to prevent the situation from worsening.

On his return to Chennai to participate in another event, the Prime Minister would again avoid a drive from the Chennai airport, and would land at the helipad constructed inside the IIT Madras campus to attend the function in the adjoining Adyar Cancer Institute. "As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it", the Prime Minister said.

Meanwhile inaugurating the DefExpo, Modi hit out at the previous UPA government for "policy paralysis" in the defence sector and told foreign companies that it will not take a decade to take a decision on procurement of a batch of 110 fighter jets.

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He said the government was committed to establishing two Defence Industrial Corridors: One in Tamil Nadu and another in UP. These will utilise defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions and further build upon it.

The Defence Procurement Procedure has been revised with many specific provisions for stimulating the growth of domestic defence industry.

"Cauvery water is the lifeline for the people of Tamil Nadu".

PM Modi also spoke about how his government had taken measures to protect Dalits. "People are more important than elections", says Haasan, urging the PM to ensure that the Supreme Court verdict on the matter is implemented in time.

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Modi was received at the Chennai airport by governor Banwarilal Purohit, defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniwami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and senior officials.

DMK working president MK Stalin has asked his party's workers to hoist black flags at the party office and homes to register their protest.

"We would assemble at airport at 9 am and show black flags". Security has been tightened outside the Chennai airport ahead of PM Modi's arrival. Several regional party outfits too came out on the streets to protest, but were kept in check by the strong police force.

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