The venue from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to lay the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai on January 29 has been shifted to another place following security threat.

Though Tamil Nadu Police was tight-lipped about the reasons behind the shifting of the venue, persons having access to intelligence inputs told The Pioneer that central agencies have taken note of the statements made by Vaiko, leader of the MDMK and leaders of various Tamil chauvinist organisations that they would stage black flag demonstrations against the Prime Minister  during his visit to Madurai.

Security agencies do not want to risk any chances as last time the Prime Minister visited Chennai, the DMK and other Dravidian organisations had flown black balloons against him for the delay in constituting the Cauvery Management Board as per the orders of the Supreme Court. The Prime Minister’s visit in April 2018 was to inaugurate the Defence Expo.

“The recent speeches made by the Dravidian leaders condemning the Prime Minister over a series of issues ranging from Karnataka’s plan to go ahead with the preparation of detailed project report for constructing the Mekedattu Dam and the ‘failure’ of the Centre to accept the demand for compensation package for those affected by Cyclone Gaja in November 2018 were highly critical and it is quite natural for central agencies to take note of the same,”  said a source in Chennai Police who did not want his name to be quoted.