Commitment to peace, people & territory: Narendra Modi at Defence Expo

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Modi will observe the fast but that would not stop him from continuing routine official work including inaugurating 10th edition of Defence Expo in Chennai at Tiruvidanthal, in Kancheepuram district that has been on edge due to protests over Cauvery water issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a gathering at Dr Ambedkar National Memorial took a. "Also, I oppose Modi's visit to Tamil Nadu", a message on the wall of his house said.

For weeks now, Tamil Nadu state has seen protests and bandhs by political parties, pro-Tamil outfits, voluntary organisations and the film fraternity over the delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board, an independent regulatory body that will implement sharing of the Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala.

PM Modi took the aerial route to reach the venues, at which time the protesters also released black balloons.

PM Modi asserted that though India is a peace loving country but to protect people and territory well-equipped our Armed Forces are essential. These will utilise defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions and further build upon it.

Highlighting the role played by the BJP government in reviving the defence sector, Modi said that on May 2014, defence export permissions granted stood at 118, for a total value of $577 million.

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"In all these areas, our regulations, processes and procedures have been made more industry-friendly, more transparent, more predictable, more outcome-oriented", he added. The corridors will become engines of economic development & growth of defence industrial base.

Slamming the prime minister, MDMK chief Vaiko said, "Can't you go by road instead of a helicopter?"

India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy. He is being received by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan.

The party said if staring at a defeat in the 2019 election, the government sits on fast, then how will they run a democracy.

"We would assemble at airport at 9 am and show black flags".

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