Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived by a special aircraft in Chennai from New Delhi in the midst of growing political turmoil over the Cauvery water issue. He faced black flag protests by opposition parties.
Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan received Modi at the Chennai airport.
Soon after his arrival, Modi left for Mamallapuram, which is about 55 km from Chennai. From there he is scheduled to reach Tiruvidanthai to formally inaugurate the Defence Expo-2018.
Modi will then unveil the diamond jubilee plaque at the Adyar Cancer Institute.
The Tamil Nadu police meanwhile made tight security arrangements for Modi’s visit.
Meanwhile, all the opposition parties, including the DMK, greeted Modi with black flag protests to condemn the central government for failing to establish the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) as per the directions of the Supreme Court of India.
The six-week deadline set by the Apex Court ended on March 29.