'We will stand with TN Govt': A big promise from Seeman to MK Stalin!

Naam Tamilar Katchi Chief Coordinator Seeman has on Friday given a big promise to MK Stalin that his party will stand with the Tamil Nadu government on its fight in repealing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) completely from the state. Seeman, who has scathingly been attacking the DMK government on various lines, has rendered his solidarity to his rival against the NEET and the Tamil nationalist has held in accountable for the suicides of the medical aspirants.

Since it came to power by ousting the ADMK regime, the MK Stalin administration has been displaying that it has committed to revoking the nationwide single window examination for medical admission from the state as it harms the students from rural and backward areas. MK Stalin has been expediting his work towards winning the exemption for Tamil Nadu from the NEET in a fashion that he urged the President of India to intervene and direct the Tamil Nadu Governor to act on the NEET exemption bill that was passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly. 

Recently, the all-party MPs from Tamil Nadu had travelled to Delhi to pressurize the Union government to repeal the exam from the state. Though Union Home Minister Amit Shah didn't meet the MPs, the DMK has been making the demand of repealing the NEET nationally. When Stalin came to power, he had formed a special committee under the retired judge of the Madras High Court, Justice AK Rajan and the committee has reiterated that most of the people in the state were against NEET and recommended to carry out the medical admission based on the state government's protocol. 

Based on the committee's report, the MK Stalin government had passed the bill in the assembly and forwarded it to the Governor several months back and the file lies before the Governor. The government has been asserting that the NEET will be repealed in the current year and in the assembly speech recently, the Governor has also said that NEET creates an unequal platform. On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi had made his maiden speech in the first assembly session of 2022 and he said that NEET creates an unequal platform against the rural students and it is unnecessary. 

"Entrance exams create an unequal platform by being inherently discriminatory against rural students. Hence, this government is of the firm view that entrance exams like NEET are unnecessary for student admissions to professional courses and will continue to reiterate this position", the Governor added. His statement has come when he has been slammed for not sending the Bill to ban NEET in Tamil Nadu to the President. It must be noted that several students in Tamil Nadu had committed suicide either due to the fear of appearing for NEET or after failing to clear the national exam. 

As the DMK government has been taking efforts to scrap the NEET from Tamil Nadu, Naam Tamilar's Chief Coordinator Seeman has said that his party will stand with the Tamil Nadu government in its fight to repeal the NEET. Seeman said, "Naam Tamilar Katchi will firmly stand with the constructive efforts taken by the Tamil Nadu government to revoke NEET, which has been a reason for the suicides of the students." This has become Seeman's crucial and apparent support and affirmation for the DMK government amid locking horns with MK Stalin on various issues. 

Meanwhile, MK Stalin has called for an all-party meet on January 8 to discuss the next course of action towards scrapping the national exam. By citing that the Centre had not acted on the Tamil Nadu Assembly Bill seeking exemption for the state from NEET, MK Stalin said in the assembly, "In order to discuss the next plan of action, the state government has convened an all-party meeting on January 8." He appealed to the leaders of various political parties who have representation in the assembly to extend their cooperation to the serious issue. He affirmed, "Our struggle against NEET and for social justice will continue."