Prime Minister was received at the Airport by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, chief-minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami, deputy chief-minister O. Panneerselvam, chief-secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and other senior civil and police officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial in New Delhi and also took the metro ride for reaching the venue, broke his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape case and murders without naming the events. Modi's visit to neighbouring Cancer Institute is mired in controversy. You are going directly into IIT by helicopter and then a wall is broken to let you into Cancer Institute.
The protests and demonstrations against PM Modi are part of a demand from across the political spectrum that the Centre follows the orders of the Supreme Court and constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) immediately to apportion the waters of the Cauvery. "Didn't Nehru face black flags?" The demonstrators who belonged to the DMK wore black shirts to make their point. The road leading to the airport was gridlocked for more than three kilometres and hundreds courted arrest. Ace film director Bharathiraaja was among those from the film fraternity who had reached the airport to raise slogans against Modi. Vaiko called Modi "coward".
A solid mass of protesters, with black flags and black balloons, lined Anna Salai - the approach roach. BJP National President Amit Shah will also join the protest, but he will be in Karnataka, where parties are campaigning for elections.
Today's protest comes two days after pro-Tamil outfits opposing the IPL match in the city, trying to play spoilsport over the Cauvery issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his "bold action" in meeting the country's critical military requirements were contrary to the Congress-led UPA government's "laziness, incompetence or perhaps some hidden motives" that damaged India's defence.
He lauded the efforts of the Ministry and said that he was delighted to see over 500 Indian and over 150 foreign companies participating in the exposition.