While formally inaugurating the 10th edition of the Defence Expo - DefExpo 2018 - at Thiruvidandai near Chennai on Monday, PM Modi said that different aspects of governance, such as laziness, incompetence and perhaps some hidden motive can cause damage to the nation.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is likely to observe the fast in Chennai, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar in Bengaluru, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel in Tamil Nadu and Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh.
Modi's arrival in Chennai was, however, marred by unprecedented protests by local population, who showed black flags to the prime minister forcing him to cancel the road show and travel in a helicopter.
DMK working president MK Stalin who is undertaking Cauvery Rights Retrieval March in the delta districts wore a black shirt and pants as a mark of protest against Modi's visit.
The Prime Minister used chopper to reach the Defexpo venue and briefly took the road route to attend the cancer institute event.
Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi led by MLA M Thamimun Ansari, Nam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman and pro-Tamil leader Nedumaran wore black shirts and staged a protest demonstration in the vicinity of the airport before being detained.
Meanwhile, reports have said that Modi will go about with his daily routine as the PM of India. He urged the Prime Minister to do his duty and set up the board in line with the Supreme Court's repeated instructions to that end.
Social media, too, reacted strongly with trending hashtags like #GoBackModi and #OdiPoModi (Runaway Modi). "We Want the Cauvery Management Board", shouted protesters. Read Also: Why Jaitley is unique in the BJP Tourism Minister KJ Alphons will observe the fast in Kerala. "And in 2019, the whole of India will be chanting saying GO BACK MODI".
The protests over the water sharing dispute grew to include opposition to hosting Indian Premier League matches in Chennai, which were eventually shifted out as police said they will not be able to guarantee security. Both pundits and pedestrians alike suspect and believe that this delay in getting justice is due to the elections in Karnataka and your interests in it.