Black flag demo and counter protests

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

A black flag demon­stra­tion by the Maru­malarchi Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam (MDMK) led by its gen­eral sec­re­tary Vaiko and counter protests kept the Tirupur po­lice on their toes on Sun­day, hours ahead of the ar­rival of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

MDMK leader Vaiko said that he had no per­sonal an­i­mos­ity against Mr. Modi, and was only op­pos­ing his anti-Tamil Nadu poli­cies and ac­tions.

Vaiko al­leges be­trayal

Amid wav­ing of black flags and re­leas­ing of black bal­loons by the cadre, Mr. Vaiko said Mr. Modi had be­trayed Tamil Nadu on is­sues such as Gaja cy­clone, Cau­very, hy­dro­car­bon/neu­trino projects and Mul­laperi­yar and cau­tioned that the Dam Safety Bill would harm the fed­eral set-up.

Even as the protest was on, a BJP func­tionary Sasikala climbed up a ve­hi­cle and raised slo­gans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and al­legedly hurled a slip­per at the crowd. MDMK cadre al­legedly at­tacked her with flag poles.

Po­lice whisked her away to safety and later reg­is­tered a case.

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