Black flags, 'Go back Modi' chants greet PM Modi at Chennai

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai on Thursday morning to inaugurate Defence Expo India 2018 amid demonstrations against the Centre's delay in forming the Cauvery Management Board.

The police were seen trying to remove the protesters from the site.

The government's commitment to peace is just as strong as its commitment to protecting its people and territory, and for this, necessary measures to equip the armed forces will be taken, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

Tamil Nadu has witnessed nearly continuous protests seeking the creation of the Cauvery Management Board. Fifty Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam workers were arrested as they waved black flags, The Hindu reported.

Members of the Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) were detained as they tried to enter the airport and climbed on hoardings.

Tamil actor and Makkal Neethi Mayyam chief Kamal Haasan issues an "open video" for Prime Minister Modi, appeals him to "deliver justice" that Tamil Nadu is seeking for the Cauvery water issue.

The Prime Minister said energy demand in India is projected to grow at 4.5 per cent in the next 25 years, while gas demand was expected to triple.

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Overall, BJP's ambition of taking control of the southern states to improve its tally in the 2019 elections has taken a major hit considering how protests against Modi government are gaining momentum in states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

At IIT Madras where Modi's chopper landed to take the private lane to reach the cancer institute, students protested with black flags. "So Prime Minister should publicly say that he is sorry that is why he is holding this fast on April 12 to tender this apology to various sections of India's population", Congress Communications incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters.

Black flags were also spotted outside the residence of DMK chiefs Karunanidhi and MK Stalin's residences in Chennai as well as at the party's headquarters.

Ahead of Modi's arrival at the airport here around 9 AM, protestors began congregating at several locations in groups in its vicinity.

I am delighted & overwhelmed to see an enthusiastic gathering in this historic region of Kanchipuram in the great State of Tamil Nadu. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was present at the airport to receive the PM.

Urging the government to act fast, Hassan requested the government to take cognisance of the protests held in the state.

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