Day-long fast won't stop PM to inaugurate DefExpo on Thursday

Day-long fast won't stop PM to inaugurate DefExpo on Thursday

The four-day-long DefExpo, on the outskirts of Chennai and close to the temple town of Mahabalipuram, began on Wednesday but was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Thursday. Not now, Not anymore, Never again. Earlier, a press conference was also planned with PM Modi at the IIT-Madras, adjacent to the Cancer Institute, but it failed to materialise. Officials demolished a wall that divides the Children's Park and Cancer Institute campus to make parking space for the PM's convoy.

In fact Modi, who travelled by road in Chennai and deviated from his schedule to meet Karunanidhi when he came down for the Daily Thanthi event a few months ago, had to stay away from the Chennai roads only fearing the protesters. Fasting will not stop him from coming to Tamil Nadu.

A slew of black flag protests and release of black balloons across Tamil Nadu over the the Centre's "inaction" to form the Cauvery Management Board marked prime minister Narendra Modi's one-day visit on Thursday.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On the defence front, he said his government has taken steps to strengthen and improve manufacturing licenses, exports clearances, Foreign Direct Investment and reforming procurement.




"Despite repeated failures in derailing and disruting the development model of the Prime Minister, the opposition has been constantly disrupting Parliament and not allowing the government to bring important legislations which are aimed at making India a stronger and better nation", the BJP said in a statement.

Opposition parties, however, have called the fast a charade.

India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy.

As the deadline expired, the Centre went to the top court, asking for clarifications on the structure of the body. He is being received by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan.

Ahead of Modi's arrival at the airport here around 9 AM, protestors began congregating at several locations in groups in its vicinity. PM Modi's drive here would only be inside the premises. Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan and other protesters have been detained.

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