Lauding the contribution of small and medium sectors contribution to defence production which has grown by 200% in the last 4 years, Prime Minister said government is committed to establish two defence industrial corridors, in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.
The Prime Minister used chopper to reach the Defexpo venue and briefly took the road route to attend the cancer institute event.
He was here to inaugurate the Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai, 40 kms from the city, and to open the Diamond Jubilee Building of Cancer Institute at Chennai.
Veteran film director Bharathiraja and film-maker Ameer were among those who held demonstrations near the airport, raising slogans against Modi on the Cauvery issue over which the state has been witnessing protests for the past many days.
Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi. The protests are being held due to the Centre not having yet constituted the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court's ruling on the Cauvery water-sharing dispute, reports Scroll. "I feel all the Indian citizens should come out together, and we should stop paying taxes, and also we should stop voting till these children don't get justice", Mahika said in a statement. "Didn't Nehru face black flags?" The ailing leader wore a black shirt. The road leading to the airport was gridlocked for more than three kilometres and hundreds courted arrest. In no time the former deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav jumped into the matter and quizzed the PM Modi and called it big "goof-up". BJP National President Amit Shah will also join the protest, but he will be in Karnataka, where parties are campaigning for elections.
He lauded the efforts of the Ministry and said that he was delighted to see over 500 Indian and over 150 foreign companies participating in the exposition.
"There was a time when critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis".
"Not now. Not anymore". The four-day defence expo (April 11 to 14) would focus on India as an emerging manufacturing power for defence equipment. This is the land from where India Looked East and Acted East for thousands of years.
You would also recall the long-drawn process of procurement of fighter aircraft that never reached any conclusion.