"Go back Modi" Chennai screams as people protest with black flags

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses media at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday rejected as "baseless allegation" of southern states that the Terms of Reference of the 15th Commission are "biased against certain states or a particular region" and said it would benefit states that took population control measures.

"There was a time when critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis". The letter said that the reports, "attributed mostly to unnamed government sources, are increasingly profiling the Sikhs in India and overseas in very negative light". PM Modi said Baba Saheb would not have imagined that after independence a government with a working culture of "latkana, atkana and bhatkana" will come to power. "In less than four years, we have issued 794 more export permissions, for a total value of over $1.3 billion", he said. The defence procurement procedure has also been revised by de-notifying items made exclusively by ordnance factories so that the private sector, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), can enter this space. As Modi's convoy passed through the sprawling IIT Madras campus on the way to institute, some in the crowd briefly raised placards against the Central government on the Cauvery issue. "As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it", the Prime Minister said.

"Our commitment to peace is just as strong as our commitment to protecting our people and our territory". The move will adversely affect all the southern states, with Tamil Nadu, estimated to lose at least Rs 40,000 crore per year.

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




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.

A slew of black flag protests and release of black balloons across Tamil Nadu over the the Centre's "inaction" to form the Cauvery Management Board marked prime minister Narendra Modi's one-day visit on Thursday. 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. Holding black flags, protesters assembled near the airport in Alandur area.

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

The police detained around 200 protesters.

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