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"Go back Modi" Chennai screams as people protest with black flags

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

The police were seen trying to remove the protesters from the site.

Film director P Barathiraja, who had spearheaded the massive protest on Tuesday against Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Chennai, confirmed the black flag protest against the prime minister.

Modi had to avoid the blocked road and avail a bypass to reach the venue.

Following persuasion by police and Bharathiraja, they climbed down and were detained by police.

The Prime Minister took a chopper from the Chennai airport to Thiruvidanthai on the outskirts of Chennai. "Baseless allegations are being made about the ToR of the 15th Finance Commission being biased against certain states or a particular region", he said after the inauguration of diamond jubilee building of the Cancer Institute in Chennai.

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PM Modi arrived in Chennai on Thursday morning to attend the Defence Expo 2018 in Mahabalipuram.

Upset with the divisive and disruptive politics of the opposition which led to the complete washout of the second phase of the budget session.

The protest, though, was largely symbolic, since the Prime Minister's travel plans were changed on the eve of his visit in view of the situation.

The East Coast road would be completely shut an hour ahead of PM Modi's visit to keep protesters at bay. "You would have also seen that we have brought the process to a successful conclusion with a contract that will provide a boost to defence manufacturing in India", the Prime Minister told his audience of global delegates, foreign industry captains and domestic manufacturers.

The reason for the protests was the failure of the Central government in forming Cauvery Management board to overlook sharing of the river's water between Karnataka and Tamilnadu despite an order from the Supreme court.

Tamil Nadu has witnessed nearly continuous protests seeking the creation of the Cauvery Management Board. The Centre has skipped on deadline after the other for the establishment of the CWMB. Amit Shah is scheduled to protest in Hubli in Karnataka, where elections are going to be held on May 12.