Stalin faces heat over NEET, CM exposes double standards of DMK, Cong

A day after the opposition DMK accused ruling AIADMK and its ally at the Centre, BJP, for students dying by suicide over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the AIADMK chose to hit back at the opposition with CM Edappadi K Palaniswami accusing the former for the suicide of 13 medical aspirants.

Death by suicide of four aspirants ahead of the all-India medical entrance test NEET during the coronavirus pandemic reverberated in the Tamil Nadu Assembly Tuesday as the ruling AIADMK, southern ally of the BJP, trained guns on Nalini Chidambram, an advocate and wife of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, for a pro-NEET verdict in 2017.

Nalini Chidambaram had won a pro-NEET case in Supreme Court on behalf of Tamil Nadu students from CBSE schools who were against the decision to reserve 85 per cent seats in medical college for state board students.

Palaniswami questioned the DMK and the Congress and accused the two parties of bringing in NEET in the state and now playing double standards. The chief minister, who was on fire mode, said neither he nor his AIADMK was responsible for the students’ suicides.

“You were in alliance with the Congress when the NEET was introduced. Who argued in favour of NEET? Someone who is with those (MLAs) who walked out. How did the problem actually come in and who was the reason for this? Who was responsible for bringing in NEET again? Not us, but the party with which you have an alliance,” Palaniswami said pointing at the opposition benches.

The Congress members objected to the statement. They demanded the Speaker P Dhanapal to expunge the remarks of Inbadurai from the records. But the Speaker ordered the eviction of Congress MLAs who created ruckus.

Tuesday’s debate, initiated by Leader of Opposition and DMK Chief MK Stalin, turned into a high decibel war of words after the ruling party MLA Inbadurai blamed Nalini Chidambram for implementation of the common medical entrance test in the state.