Cauvery protests mark Narendra Modi's visit to Chennai

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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.

A solid mass of protesters, with black flags and black balloons, lined Anna Salai - the approach roach. The party, which has been leading the opposition in the protests over Cauvery water sharing issue, has organised various mass movements against the central and the state governments. There were at least 10,000 police personnel present to prevent the situation from worsening.

"The prime minister will also visit the Cancer Institute, Adyar in Chennai". On defence manufacturing licenses, on defence offsets, on defence exports clearances, on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing, and on reforming our defence procurement, we have taken many steps. These will utilise defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions and further build upon it.

"In all these areas, our regulations, processes and procedures have been made more industry-friendly, more transparent, more predictable, more outcome-oriented", he added.

"The defence corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", he said. Fasting will not stop him from coming to Tamil Nadu. The move will adversely affect all the southern states, with Tamil Nadu, estimated to lose at least Rs 40,000 crore per year.

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The party said if staring at a defeat in the 2019 election, the government sits on fast, then how will they run a democracy.

Surjewala said the government themselves wasted 250 hours of Parliament and later sit on fast. The court had given the Centre six weeks to frame the scheme on the verdict.

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

Ahead of Modi's arrival at the airport here around 9 AM, protestors began congregating at several locations in groups in its vicinity. Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan and other protesters have been detained.

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