DMK working president M K Stalin at the rally in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Chennai city airport, which was given a five-tier security on Thursday, witnessed a security breach with more than 100 protestors entering the alighting point of Chennai worldwide airport. However, he was forced to take a chopper as Opposition parties dared him to travel by road.
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 Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry.
Modi was seen exchanging few words with Palaniswami and senior ministers during his trip.
Vaiko said that when India celebrates Independence Day in 2047, India will be split into pieces. On the contrary, the party appears to have become a liability in the state.
One of the placards read: "Scrap Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA), save higher education and stop privatizing IITs".
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While the protests led to the arrest of 4,000 people till evening, hundreds of government buses were deployed to remove protesters.
The outpouring of dissent found reflection on social media too, with #GoBackModi trending with over 400,000 tweets.
The six-week deadline set by the Apex Court ended on March 29 and the Centre, keeping the next month's Assembly elections in Karnataka in mind, filed a clarification plea in the Court at the last minute and sought three months time to implement its order, by which time the polling process in the neighbouring state would have been concluded.
Although forest officials did not specifically cite Modi's visit as the reason, sources said they had received instructions to close the park for security reasons.
Amidst the rising political heat surrounding the setting up of Cauvery Management Board, Prime Minister Modi is making his visit to Chennai.
"To expose the Congress for its undemocratic style of functioning, and pursuing divisive politics and anti-development agenda, PM Modi will observe day-long fast on 12 April..."