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Black Flag Protests & Virtual War On Twitter Breaks Out Ahead Of PM Modi's TN Visit

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| January 27 , 2019 , 11:22 IST

A virtual war began on social media site Twitter with #GoBackModi, #TNWelcomesModi and #MaduraiThanksModi topping Twitter trends hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Madurai today.

MDMK chief Vaiko also threatened that his party would stage a black flag demonstration against Modi and the BJP for “ignoring” Tamil Nadu's interests. “The demonstration is not against the AIIMS, but against Modi and his government, which is neglecting and functioning against the interests of Tamil Nadu,” PTI quoted an MDMK leader as saying.

The #GoBackModi targeted the PM and the BJP over various issues, especially over Gaja cyclone and government's passive actions to compensate for the losses, that left more than 3 lakh homeless and uprooted around 11 lakh trees, crippling the livelihood of a huge population.

Majority of tweets have a cartoon that has an outline of Tamil Nadu with the face of late rationalist leader EVR Periyar saying "Go Back, Modi". The Prime Minister, shown in a saffron jacket, is running towards a ladder lowered from a hovering chopper.

However, there were a series of tweets welcoming Modi to Madurai and welcomed the setting up of AIIMS in Tamil Nadu.

This is the second time that the Prime Minister is facing this kind of an online backlash. In April last year, when he had visited Chennai for the Defence Expo, #GoBackModi had trended. Hundreds of protesters belonging to opposition parties had let black balloons in the air then.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and will also inaugurate super specialty blocks at the Rajaji, Thanjavur, and Tirunelveli medical colleges as the BJP focuses on increasing its footprints in the south on Sunday.