Modi to Protest Parliament Disruption With April 12 Fast

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

Modi said the sanitation and cleanliness drive of his government was a people's movement and it was the largest such campaign in any country. India is the largest arms importer in the world and Indian defence industry is expected to order Dollars 300 billion worth of defence equipment, adding the necessary stealth and capability to the readiness against the all-around security threats.

The prime minister also said that the total number of defence export permission granted stood at 118 in May 2014, for a total value of Dollars 577 million, in less than four years, 794 more export permissions were issued, for a total value of over USD 1.3 billion.

DMK working president MK Stalin had said that the PM will be received with black flags upon his arrival in Chennai. "The corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", the PM said. "We have seen how laziness, incompetence and perhaps some hidden motives can cause damage to the nation", said the Prime Minister.

Discontent is brewing in the state over the Central government's failure to set up the CMB and a Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee as ordered by the Supreme Court. "Never again", he said.

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

In view of these changes, "India provides a ideal setting for discussing the future of the energy section", Modi said.

The prime minister will also flag off India's first ever all-electric high-speed locomotive under the Make-in-India project. "Our dream is to develop the ecosystem to foster an environment of new and creative entrepreneurship in defence manufacturing sector". "I am very happy to be here in the land of the great Cholas who established India's historical civilization links through trade and education", he said.

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Chennai airport to inaugurate the Defence Expo 2018 at Thiruvidanthai, between the protests and "Go back Modi" slogans by the politicians and film personalities today. Supporters of R K Nagar MLA, TTV Dhinakaran released black balloons as a form of protest. Some cadres of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi climbed up a hoarding near the Chennai airport and waved black flags.

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