Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Thursday to formally inaugurate Defence Expo – ‘Defexpo-2018’ at Thiruvadanthai even as cadres of opposition parties and pro-Tamil groups wearing a black dress and black flags protesting the centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court order.
Modi who arrived at the Chennai airport was welcomed by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among other. He boarded an airforce helicopter to visit the Defence Expo at Thiruvadanthai, 40 km from here. After the Defexpo, he will take the chopper again to attend an event at Cancer Institute at Adyar. For his visit, a special helipad has been set up at IIT Madras and a portion of a compound was demolished to lay a makeshift road to reach the Cancer Institute to avoid hitting the main road.
As many as 7000 police personnel have been deployed at various points to prevent the cadres of the political parties and pro-Tamil groups from getting anywhere near the venues of Prime Minister. Even though Prime Minister would be flying to the events, police have barred traffic in Sardar Patel Road where Cancer Institute is located leading to heavy traffic snarls in the adjoining roads.
Protests were held in various parts of the city by cadres of DMK led opposition parties and pro-Tamil groups wearing black dress with black flags and black balloons.
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— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) April 12, 2018
When the Prime Minister is greeted by Black Flags at the airport by people across party lines and he has to take refuge in a helicopter to reach the venue, then it is certain that he has lost the trust of the people #GoBackModi
Thank you Tamil Nadu, from the rest of India!
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) April 12, 2018
A man who does not have the guts to take the road n meet the people, shudders at the thought of people shouting slogans of his failures,face the media with answers,goes maunvrat on problems of this country,turns a blind eye to burning issues has to go back.. #GoBackModi
— khushbusundar (@khushsundar) April 12, 2018
— Suvarna Haridas (@HaridasSuvarna) April 12, 2018