The issue, which sparked much political heat in the state after the deaths of four medical aspirants last week – three of them in one day – in the Tamil Nadu congregation, was repeated and even led to the reiteration in the Tamil Nadu congregation today Eviction of Congressional MLAs after they protested the mention of the name of the wife of party veteran P Chidambaram in connection with a case related to NEET.
Palaniswami accused the DMK of being responsible for introducing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test when it shared power with Congress during the UPA rule, and said the DMK made “a historical mistake” in taking the test “pushed” the nation.
In response to a special appeal by the opposition leader in the Assembly, MK Stalin, he recalled that, due to the efforts of the late Prime Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court had approved the introduction of the NEET for admission to medical and dental courses at the UG and PG levels .
But the UPA dispensation then sought a review, and this led to the review being conducted, said the Prime Minister.
“Who is responsible for NEET in 2010 and who went to court after the Apex court overturned the test? It is DMK that is also responsible for the deaths of 13 aspirants in the state,” accused Palaniswami.
NEET has become a sensitive issue in the state after 13 people died by suicide since 2017 and calls for the test to be abolished at the national level.
Up to four MBBS aspirants from Madurai, Ariyalur, Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts are believed to have lost their lives last week.
Meanwhile, Stalin accused AIADMK of not having put pressure on the center on the NEET issue, and on the occasion of his birthday today, he appealed to the late Prime Minister CN Annadurai. The ruling party has compromised two important ideals of the Dravidian leader. bilingual formula and state autonomy.
The DMK President questioned the “silence” of the center about the resolutions passed in the state assembly against NEET and said in the assembly that the house should pass a resolution in which the central government is condemned with regard to its position on NEET.
Health Minister Dr. C Vijaya Baskar countered Stalin’s claim that DMK never allowed NEET in Tamil Nadu when it was in power, saying it was disheartening that the opposition party on NEET was making politics and confusing students and parents.
“Unlike you, we have been firmly on our stand since the time of our guide Jayalalithaa. You have claimed you can cancel NEET within eight months (apparently after winning the 2021 Congregation polls). Please tell us how is possible and we are ready to do it, “he said.
When Stalin said the state government should act with the same determination it did in the Jallikattu series, the minister retorted, saying the sport of bull taming relates to the culture of Tamil Nadu while NEET affected all states in the country. In addition, the test was legally sacred.
Earlier, the mention of Chidambaram’s wife by an AIADMK lawmaker prompted Congress lawmakers to stand up in protest at the statements.
Radhapuram constituency MLA I S Inbadurai’s remark that Congress had brought NEET to the country with support from DMK, and a reference to Chidambaram’s wife appearing for students who supported the exam in one case, angered Congressmen and they began to protest.
When they refused to return to their seats despite his appeal, Speaker P Dhanapal ordered them to be evicted from the house.
The congregation later passed a bill, tabled by the prime minister, that reserved 7.5 percent of state school students in medical and dental colleges.