Modi was seen exchanging few words with Palaniswami and senior ministers during his trip. After mammoth protests on Tuesday ahead of a game, all the home matches of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were shifted to Pune.
The Cauvery protest led to massive traffic jams in and around the airport and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had to get down from her auto and walk for about a kilometre to reach the airport and receive the Prime Minister.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed that 50 percent of this Expo has Indian manufacturers and a lot of them small and medium industries.
India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy. These will utilise defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions and further build upon it.
"We will establish 2 Defence Industrial Corridors, One in TamilNadu and another in UP".
"In less than four years, we have issued 794 more export permissions, for a total value of over $1.3 billion", he said. Modi did not utter a word about the Cauvery issue in his speeches Thursday. "People are more important than elections", says Haasan, urging the PM to ensure that the Supreme Court verdict on the matter is implemented in time.
According to reports from Delhi, Modi will observe a day-long fast on Thursday along with all party MPs in protest against the washout of the recent Parliament session. It is protest against percisely this negative politics that the PM will lead ruling party MPs in observing a fast.
After being received by Sitharaman, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, Modi's chopper took off for the East Coast Road near Kovalam where he inaugurated Defexpo 2018. Holding black flags, protesters assembled near the airport in Alandur area. However, he was greeted with black flags and black balloons upon his arrival in Chennai.
Protests led by the opposition DMK turned massive as cinema directors, other political parties like Vaiko's MDMK, Velmurugan's Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi and others joined the agitation.