Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Monday said the cabinet will boycott the tea party hosted by the Governor on Independence Day condemning his comments in favour of NEET examinations.
The decision comes in the wake of the recent death of a NEET aspirant and his father in Chennai. In a statement, Stalin said, “The state has lost the priceless lives of several students due to the NEET examinations. Governor, failing to understand that underprivileged students are losing their opportunities, has spoken unsympathetically [in favour of NEET]. Governor's statement, 'I would never permit NEET exemption in State. If I had the power, would never give assent the anti-NEET bill' has shocked students of the state.”
“Through his statement, the governor has belittled anti-NEET protests happening in the state for the past seven years,” Stalin said. He said the State government has sent the bill to the President for her assent. Stalin added that he would be writing a letter to the President on Monday seeking her to sign the bill.
The chief minister said the future of students in the state is important to them. “Ravi is causing confusion in the higher education department as well, and his pro-NEET comment is tantamount to 'destroying' the dreams of students and their parents. To mark the state government's opposition to Governor's public, pro-NEET stand, we have decided to boycott the tea party to be hosted him on August 15 in Raj Bhavan," Stalin said.
Meanwhile, Stalin advised students not to lose hope and never to think of suicide. Referring to upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Stalin said in a few months, those who said “I would not sign” would disappear when the political change they wish to bring in the country happens.