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. There were at least 10,000 police personnel present to prevent the situation from worsening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial in New Delhi and also took the metro ride for reaching the venue, broke his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape case and murders without naming the events. "More than 40 countries have sent their official delegations as well", PM Modi said.
On the defence front, he said his government has taken steps to strengthen and improve manufacturing licenses, exports clearances, Foreign Direct Investment and reforming procurement.
"The defence corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", he said. These will utilise defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions and further build upon it. The defence procurement procedure has also been revised by de-notifying items made exclusively by ordnance factories so that the private sector, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), can enter this space. "He has done injustice to Tamil Nadu", he said.
"Cauvery water is the lifeline for the people of Tamil Nadu".
Surjewala said the government themselves wasted 250 hours of Parliament and later sit on fast.
As the deadline expired, the Centre went to the top court, asking for clarifications on the structure of the body.
They were hoisted at the residences of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, party working president M K Stalin, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and other leaders. Security has been tightened outside the Chennai airport ahead of PM Modi's arrival. Holding black flags, protesters assembled near the airport in Alandur area.