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DMK leader criticizes Governor’s NEET stand amid protests

Udhayanidhi Stalin
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Chennai: Udhayanidhi Stalin, the state secretary of DMK’s youth wing, criticized Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi’s opposition to the Bill aiming to abolish the NEET exam in the state. This comes as DMK’s youth wing and doctors staged a one-day hunger strike, demanding the state’s exemption from the central exam. Stalin questioned the Governor’s role, stating, “The Governor has no role other than that of a ‘postman’ who should forward all matters approved by the state Assembly to the President.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin promised efforts to secure NEET exemption for the state, but Udhayanidhi asserted that DMK’s agitation wouldn’t cease and mentioned the possibility of a protest in Delhi. While DMK aims for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from the central qualifying test for medical courses, the BJP criticized the ruling party for politicizing the NEET issue.

Tragedy struck as a man in Chennai took his own life following his 19-year-old son’s suicide on August 13 due to failing the NEET exam twice. The deceased, S Jegadeeswaran, was a NEET aspirant. Udhayanidhi held the Central government accountable for this, categorizing it as “murder” and criticizing the AIADMK’s alignment with the Central government. He clarified that his participation in the protest was as a brother of the deceased student rather than as a minister or MLA.

DMK’s student and medical wings launched a state-wide hunger strike in Chennai, advocating for the abolition of the NEET exam. Udhayanidhi Stalin actively participated in this one-day hunger strike.

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