PM Modi and BJP MPs to fast in protest of Parliament logjam

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He arrived in Chennai on Thursday morning to inaugurate the Defence Expo India 2018 amid demonstrations against the Centre's delay in forming the Cauvery Management Board.

He was welcomed by Tamil Nadu deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam at the city airport.

Agitated over Modi government's delaying Supreme Court's directions to set up the Cauvery Management Board, hundreds of protestors dressed in black took to streets to express their displeasure. 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. "When the Prime Minister is greeted by black flags at the airport by people across party lines and he has to take refuge in a helicopter to reach the venue, it is certain that he has lost the trust of the people". 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. Sources in Air Traffic Control said his chopper had to change direction because of hundreds of black balloons in the sky.

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The issue of providing bullet-proof jackets to Indian soldiers was kept hanging for years, PM Modi here assured that the process regarding this to a successful conclusion with a contract that will provide a boost to defence manufacturing in India.

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He reminded the people that Tamil Nadu is the land of the great Cholas who established India's historical civilization links through trade and education. The hashtag #GoBackModi trended in the Twitter coinciding with the visit of Prime Minister to Chennai.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was present at the DefExpo, also observed a fast.

Tamil Nadu has witnessed nearly continuous protests seeking the creation of the Cauvery Management Board. The phrase "Po Mone Modi" translates to Go back, Modi.

Police arrested 50 DMK party cadre at Madhya Kailash in Chennai while a few cadre of Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi climbed atop an advertisement hoarding near Airport and hoisted black flags to show their opposition.

The protest against Modi in Chennai has resulted in a massive traffic jam across the city.

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