DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi

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A solid mass of protesters, with black flags and black balloons, lined Anna Salai - the approach roach.

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.

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Being on fast, Modi will travel to Tamil Nadu to inaugurate Defence Expo, a biennial exhibition of weapons and military hardware, in Thiruvidanthai near Chennai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was in the city from Wednesday, was seen walking a long stretch near the airport to enter a special gate to receive the PM as her convoy was struck in traffic.

Addressing the gathering during Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial inauguration ceremony here, the Prime Minister assured that justice will be served to the daughters of the country.

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However, he could not escape a few IIT students, who silently held posters for the CMB as he exited the chopper and got into the auto to go to the Cancer Institute. Listing his government's initiatives to promote defence production in India, Prime Minister accused the previous UPA government of policy paralysis in the defence sector. "Many states will become separate countries, and Tamil Nadu will be among them", he said. "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.

He will observe a day-long fast on April 12 along BJP MPs including party President Amit Shah to protest against the washout of the second part of Parliament's budget session due to continuous disruptions, which the BJP blamed on the Congress. It is protest against percisely this negative politics that the PM will lead ruling party MPs in observing a fast.

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Film personalities, such as Bharathiraja, Ameer and Gowtham, joined protesters holding black flags. Besides, black balloons were also released by them. Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan and other protesters have been detained.