Taking a dig at the ruling DMK, the Union Minister of State L Murugan on Sunday said that the DMK’s one-day hunger strike against NEET is to deceive the people of Tamil Nadu.
“DMK is fasting to deceive the people of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has topped the NEET results in India. It was the Congress-led UPA government that introduced NEET. DMK was also a part of the coalition government at that time. But today, DMK is diverting students in the name of fasting to question their lives. DMK should not engage in politics that diverts students,” Murugan told reporters in Tiruvallur.
Further, MoS L Murugan said that the student’s suicide is a usual thing.
“Students committing suicide after the declaration of Class X and Class XII board examination results has been a regular occurrence for many years. Depending on the context, students make some wrong decisions. Without politicising it, it is the government’s duty to provide counselling and proper training to prepare them for NEET. It was NEET that paved the way for joining medical colleges in foreign countries. NEET is the reason why tribal people and underprivileged students join medical courses today. With the 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students brought in by the previous AIADMK regime, more rural students have enrolled in medical courses. It was the Modi government that provided 11 medical colleges to Tamil Nadu,” added L Murugan.
Subsequently, BJP Mahila Morcha National president Vanathi Srinivasan appealed to the DMK that in the name of a hunger strike, they should not play with the future and lives of students who are the wealth of the country for cheap politics.