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

15 April, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Melinda Barton
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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. Every day the park receives at least 600 visitors, and 1,000-1500 on holidays.

Earlier reports had said that Modi would be raising the issue of Sikh radicalism in the United Kingdom with May in the backdrop of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the country on April 18. Officials demolished a wall that divides the Children's Park and Cancer Institute campus to make parking space for the PM's convoy. After inaugurating the expo, he took the chopper once again and landed at the newly constructed helipad at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras. The group has been among the many who are protesting against the arrival of the Prime Minister to Chennai.

He said the government in recent years took many steps in the field of defence manufacturing licenses, defence offsets, defence exports clearances and on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing along with reforming India's defence procurement.

"Our commitment to peace is as strong as our commitment to protecting our people and our territory". Addressing delegates from over 40 nations, the PM said India is committed to equip its armed forces with modern technologies. I am delighted and overwhelmed to see an enthusiastic gathering in this historic region of Kanchipuram in the great state of Tamil Nadu.

As the deadline expired, the Centre went to the top court, asking for clarifications on the structure of the body.


The Prime Minister arrives at the venue of the Defence Expo2018 in Mahabalipuram.

The BJP Parliamentary Party has chose to observe day-long fast on Thursday in protest against impasse by the Opposition during the just concluded budget session.

Some opposition parties and pro-Tamil outfits in Tamil Nadu hold black flag protests against the Prime Minister's visit to the state today.

Similar black balloon and flag protests were witnessed all over Tamil Nadu.

Interestingly, PM Modi avoided any reference to the Cauvery in his public speeches.

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