Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan has, on Tuesday, placed a new demand for the actors and politicians calling them to refrain from doing politics over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and his demand has come at a high time when the state has been witnessing a fierce voice of urging the Center to repeal the national entrance exam, which has been strongly criticized for its biased and unfair treatments and suicides of the medical aspirants in the state.
While addressing the reporters at the party headquarters in Chennai on Tuesday, L Murugan has called the actors and politicians in the state to stop playing politics over NEET and he further demanded them not to incite the students against the government. Murugan has mentioned DMK President Stalin and Actor Surya in his address and called them to stop playing with the students' lives and their feelings.
By borrowing what Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had spoken in the legislative assembly session on Tuesday, Murugan stated that NEET came into effect when the Congress and the DMK were in power at the center.
By attacking the DMK for remaining silent during the power, Murugan said that the DMK was busy with the 2G Scam. The BJP President's mention on Actor Surya has come due to the strong statement from the thespian against the NEET exam.
Last Saturday, when the students in Tamil Nadu were at their final stage of preparing for the NEET exam, the state had witnessed the suicides of three NEET aspirants on the same day, after they feared to appear for the exam. One of the deceased aspirants had stated in her suicide note that she doesn't want to disappoint her family members if she fails to clear the NEET exam and didn't get a seat for the medical admission. While the deaths had brought the debate of NEET on the fray, the students and the opposition parties had staged protests across the state with the demand to the center to repeal the NEET exam.
Following the demise of the three aspirants and the protests to revoke the exam, Actor Suriya, who has been a vocal critic against the national entrance test, had penned a scathing attack against the Center. In his letter, Actor Suriya has said that the students are pushed to appear for the exam amid the pandemic even when the courts are suspended its daily operations and functioning virtually.
By expressing his anguish and grief for the students who ended their lives, Suriya has labeled the NEET as 'Manuneedhi Thervu' and criticized the entrance test for its biased treatment of denying an equal opportunity for students from backward and marginalized communities.
Suriya further called everyone to raise a voice against the exam that burns the dreams of the students. His letter has drawn major attention across the state and several organizations and political parties had supported the actor and raised the voice to ban the NEET.