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Massive protests engulf TN against Modi's visit (Roundup)

IANS  |  Chennai 

Massive protests greeted as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport amid a state-wide agitation demanding a (CMB).

Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers with "Go Back Modi" placards marked the day while protests were also held throughout against the Prime Minister's brief visit to the state against the Centre's failure to set up the CMB despite a order.

Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state. A said it appeared to be the biggest anti-protest in any state since he became the in May 2014.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, flew by helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai in neighbouring district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city.

From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar for an event.

The walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT who stood silently but held posters demanding a -- an issue which has whipped up emotions in

then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to

#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government's failure to set up the CMB as directed by the to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between and and other states.

M.K. Stalin, on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state and CPI-M state unit chief

"may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come," Stalin said.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. Blackflags were also unfurled at the residences of and

and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi's visit. They were arrested.

held a black flag protest in Saidapet, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was in Pallavaram. called Modi a "coward" for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in

Even the hugely-popular cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday.

In his speeches at the two functions, Modi avoided any reference to the hot button issue.

Modi, who inaugurated the 10th DefExpo organised by the and later spoke at the Adyar Cancer Insitute in Chennai, did not refer to the demand for setting up of the CMB.

However, at the defence trade fair, he sought to woo Tamils by wishing them a happy new year on Saturday. He also referred to a couplet of Tamil savant Thiruvalluvar in which he had said that knowledge grows with reading just like water springs forth as sandy fount is dug deeper.

Amidst the protests, urged Modi to immediately set up the

In a memorandum to Modi, Palaniswami recalled the February 16 verdict that said that a scheme be formulated by the within six weeks to "implement the notified final order of the as modified by its judgment".

On April 9, the apex court clearly stated that the final order of the CWDT had "merged with the judgment of the Supreme Court", he said.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:40 IST