With Modi's popularity hitting an all time low at least in the south, protests against the central government spreading across southern states does not bode well for Modi's bid for a second term as prime minister.
The Prime Minister was responding to opposition from states like Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for ToR using the 2011 census data to decide on the allocation of resources to the state. He was here to inaugurate the Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai and to open the Diamond Jubilee Building of Cancer Institute at Chennai.
"Our dream is to develop the ecosystem to foster an environment of new and creative entrepreneurship in the defence manufacturing sector", Modi said to a gathering of defence industry representatives from the private and public sector representing some 500 Indian companies and 150 global firms. He urged the Prime Minister to do his duty and set up the board in line with the Supreme Court's repeated instructions to that end.
The one protest that seems to have caught the imagination online is the giant black advertising balloon floated by the DMK.
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"Modi ji forced to take the sky root as the protest against his visit intensifies. So Prime Minister should publicly say that he is sorry that is why he is holding this fast on April 12 to tender this apology to various sections of India's population", Congress Communications incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters. This slogan has also been a top trend on Twitter.
Activsits of fringe parties including the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) led by T. Velmurugan, Tamil Nationalist Movement headed by P. Nedumaran also staged demonstration in front of the Alandur Metro station in Chennai. "This is the land from where Buddhism spread to the world", the PM said. "And in 2019, the whole of India will be chanting saying GO BACK MODI".
"You are not worth the pain we are going through.you created chaos the day you were elected and you prove it yet again that you are here only to create chaos and confusion and bring vast trouble to the citizens", she said.
Protests over the failure of setting up of Cauvery management board has also derailed IPL cricket matches that were to be played in Chennai.