PM Modi in Chennai says not biased against any region

PM Modi in Chennai says not biased against any region

"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. The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the auto that ferried him to the Cancer Institute.

People, who were protesting against the central government for not forming the Cauvery river water board, were holding black flags to oppose Modi's visit. The DMK-led opposition and fringe parties resorted to the novel protest to record their opposition to the non-constitution of the Cauvery Management Board since the Prime Minister sought to avoid road travel and instead chose to fly down to the venue on a helicopter.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and pants as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan.

The protests also come amid rising awareness and discontent over the Modi government's decision to use the population figures of the 2011 Census to decide the proportion of money sharing between the Centre and state governments.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's residence. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport. Ace film director Bharathiraaja was among those from the film fraternity who had reached the airport to raise slogans against Modi.

Protesters in pockets across the city held black flags and floated bunches of black balloons.

Actor-turned-politician had also written an open letter to Modi, questioning if the Centre is dithering on setting up the CWMB with an eye on the coming Assembly in Karnataka.

It was a day of massive protests in Chennai.

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to launch a new health scheme called Ayushman Yojana at a district health centre, for which a team of Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General of Police as part of the security arrangements.

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.

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