Chennai: Pro-Tamil outfits protesting over the Cauvery issue today showed black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrived to formally inaugurate India’s mega defence exhibition, Defexpo, at Thiruvidanthai, about 40 km from here.
The Tamizhar Vazhvuirimai Kootamaippu (TVK), an umbrella outfit of pro-Tamil outfits, and Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi is led by MLA M. Thamimun Ansari were among the organisations that staged protests in the vicinity of the Chennai airport.
Veteran film director Bharathiraja and film-maker Ameer held a demonstration at the airport premises, raising slogans.
Police dispersed some of the protesters and detained others.
Black flags were hoisted atop the residences of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, party working president M.K. Stalin, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and other leaders, in protest against Modi’s visit and for not forming the Cauvery Management Board.
In Erode district, DMK workers released black balloons and about 50 workers were detained.
Activists of the Vaniyambadi Congress Committee in Vellore district have opposed the arrival of Modi in Tamil Nadu and expressed their opposition to the black balloon mounted on a dangerous symbolic skull. . .#GoBackModi@JAslamBasha @VWDCCMD pic.twitter.com/IlFAfb9Aps
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Some opposition parties and pro-Tamil outfits had yesterday said they would hold black flag protest against Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu.
DMK released a pic of an ailing Karunanidhi wearing Black in protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police negotiating with DMK leaders to prevent the release of a huge Black balloon into the sky @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/FWFqFwlZnj
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Opposition to Prime Minister’s visit: Various organizations demonstrated the black flag, blocking the Chennai airport.
Look at the picture….#GoBackModi #CauveryIssue #CauveryProtest #CauveryManagementBoard pic.twitter.com/JcxPLCvKfo
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