Hyderabad: DMK MPs called on TRS working president and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao here on Wednesday, seeking support to abolish the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) held for admission into medical colleges. They handed over a letter written by DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to his counterparts in 11 non-BJP-ruled States in this regard.
Stalin had written the letter reiterating the DMK government’s oppositionto NEET and demanded that the Centre must restore the powers of the State. He argued that NEET was against the spirit of federalism and urged all the Chief Ministers to support the DMK government’s effort for the benefit of the rural and weaker sections. He wrote the letters to the Chief Ministers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Goa.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, DMK MPs Kalanidhi Veeraswamy and TKS Elangovan said the Tamil Nadu government was opposing the NEET keeping in view of the future of students of Tamil Nadu. He said they had sought the support of the TRS government for the cause. “The Central government is trying to usurp the powers of the State governments through various means. The State government’s must express their concerns and oppose such attempts as the Union government is taking decisions on subjects concerning the States, without consulting us. The attempts by Centre to take away rights of the States need to be stopped and we have to raise our voice strongly,” he said.
The TRS working president responded positively and assured to deliver the letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to convey their concerns over NEET.
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