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Sea of black as Modi visits Chennai

IANS  |  Chennai 

Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, and against the Prime Minister's brief visit to the state and the Centre's failure to constitute the CMB despite a order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a 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 as ordered by the -- an issue which has whipped up emotions in

then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to

#Go back 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, who was 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

"The may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come," he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt.

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.

While held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. 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.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:02 IST