Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

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

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

Our Bureau Prime Minister Narendra Modi's five-tier security and a commute predominantly by helicopter did not thwart protesters from gathering in large numbers in select places to display black flags and float black balloons. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was in the city from Wednesday, was seen walking a long stretch near the airport to enter a special gate to receive the PM as her convoy was struck in traffic.

Black flags were hoisted atop the residences of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, party working president M K Stalin, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and other leaders, in protest against Modi's visit and for not forming the Cauvery Management Board. The aircraft is on stand-by to take him to the IIT Madras campus for attending a programme at the adjoining Adyar Cancer Institute later in the day.

In a veiled message to the neighbouring nations, particularly China with whom India's border is yet to be settled and territorial disputes keep sprouting, Mr. Modi said India has never desired anyone's territory.

Black balloons were also flown throughout the city.

"I think with your previous experience for Narmada Water Board Authority, you could easily deliver the justice that Tamil Nadu is seeking".

The prime minister's attack on opposition parties comes at a time when the Dalit community across the country has been agitated after a Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act. "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. The hashtag #GoBackModi trended in the Twitter coinciding with the visit of Prime Minister to Chennai. The Congress party's chief s;pokesperson, Randeep S Surjewala said sarcastically, "Dear Prime Minister, Greetings for your fast".

"This is the land from where the light of Buddhism spread to the world". The phrase "Po Mone Modi" translates to Go back, Modi.

Protesters planted black flags on the way and also reached the Chennai airport in large numbers even as 10,000 policemen stood guard to prevent any untoward incidents.

As the political atmosphere in the state remained tense and surcharged following unending protests on the Cauvery issue, the remaining six IPL matches of the Chennai Super Kings were shifted to Pune.

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