Tamil Nadu Congress and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) staged a black flag protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Chennai for inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for several projects in the city on Saturday. The protest was held at Valluvar Kottam, where Congress workers wore black clothes and showed black flags. They also shouted slogans like “Go Back Modi”. One of the Congress workers painted his body black with the phrase “Go Back Modi”. Initially, the Congress workers tried to release black balloons into the air as a mark of protest, but they were denied permission. Later, the police permitted them to hold a protest in Valluvar Kottam.
#GoBackModi Goes Viral
As the news of the protest spread, #GoBackModi started trending on social media. Many Twitter users tweeted the hashtag, expressing their solidarity with the protesters. #GoBackModi has been used in the past to protest against the Prime Minister’s visits to various states.
PM Modi’s Schedule in Chennai
The Prime Minister arrived in Chennai at 2:30 pm and held a brief meeting with AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami. He then inaugurated the new terminal of Chennai International Airport and flagged off the Vande Bharat Express train from Chennai to Coimbatore, which is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities by two hours. PM Modi then participated in the 125th-anniversary celebrations of the Sree Ramakrishna Mutt in Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu DGP C. Sylendra Babu directly supervised the security aspects of the Prime Minister’s visit. Local police were present in large numbers at all points of the city, and foolproof security arrangements, as per the SPG specifications, were made.
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