DMK has no moral right to protest NEET: Minister

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar has said that the AIADMK government had always been firm in its decision to oppose the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), and the DMK and the Congress had no moral right to oppose it.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “the concept of NEET was introduced in 2010 when the Congress was in power at the Centre, with the DMK as its ally. NEET, as a policy decision, was introduced through a notification of the Medical Council of India on December 27, 2010. Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had sternly opposed NEET and sought its ban.”

He added: “So, after allowing it to be introduced, the DMK is now opposing the NEET, and people will definitely not accept this. The DMK has no moral right to oppose it, and it is the AIADMK that has been firm in its decision.”

Calling the AIADMK government “subservient” to the Centre, leader of the opposition and DMK president M K Stalin on Monday lashed out at chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues for not meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union health minister to put forth the demand for exempting Tamil Nadu from NEET.

Recalling the ruling party’s election manifesto, resolutions passed in its general council meet and TN cabinet’s decision against NEET, Stalin told the reporters that they were “eyewash” and a “drama” to cheat the people of the state.

The three-day monsoon session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly commenced on Monday at the Kalaivanar Arangam, amidst demand by the opposition DMK for a ban on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the state.

Stalin turned up wearing face masks containing the bilingual slogans “Ban NEET, Save TN Students”. Ahead of the session, Speaker P Dhanapal, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, Stalin and all the members underwent Covid-19 test.