Narendra Modi faces trouble ahead of Kanpur rally; protest in Chennai

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Chennai, Oct 18: Massive protest erupted against Narendra Modi who is all set to attend a function which has been organised at Madras University in Chennai on Friday, Oct 18. Many protesters have been detained.

Tamizhnadu Makkal Katchi (TMK) president -- Thanga Tamizhvelan earlier had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) opposing Modi's participation in the function which has been arranged by the Palkhivala Foundation to release a book authored by Arun Shourie.

Tamizhvelan, in his PIL, said that it was not fair to allow a political leader "known for his Hindu fundamentalism" to speak at the university.

He also referred to a previous incident where permission granted to an American Islamic scholar Amina Wadud was cancelled in the University campus on the ground that her speech might hurt the sentiments of some sections. The protesters supported the PIL while raising slogan outside the venue where the Gujarat CM is supposed to attend the function.

Agitators, protesting against Narendra Modi, have been detained in Chennai

Meanwhile, another PIL has been filed by Dalit farmers of Kanpur. The farmers moved the Allahabad High Court urging BJP to shift its venue for Modi's mega rally which has been scheduled on Saturday, Oct 19.

The petitioners claimed that their agricultural land has been encroached and that may destroy their crop. It has been reported that the party did not taken farmers' consent before giving a clearance for the rally. Nearly three acres of land owned by 167 farmers has been taken by the district administration for the rally.

BJP is expected to organise a mega rally in Kanpur which will be Modi's first public meeting in Uttar Pradesh after his elevation as BJP PM candidate.

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