DMK, allies boycott TN Gov's party over NEET Exemption Bill; Complete details here


Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) along with its allies boycotted a get-together party hosted by Governor RN Ravi on the occasion of Tamil New Year day on Thursday. DMK skipped the party to register their protest against the Governor for not forwarding the NEET Exemption Bill to the President that has been passed twice in the state Assembly. 

DMK spokesperson, Saravanan said, “The Governor is acting against the Constitution. He is negating the will of the people of Tamil Nadu. When the Constitution mandates that it has to be done in that way, the Governor has to do it. He is a rubber stamp. He has no other role in the Constitutional scheme of things when there is an elected government.”

The spokesperson asserted that the Governor is expected to send the Bill to the President after it was passed in the Assembly that was supported by every party (barring the BJP).  

“We boycotted to send a signal that we will not tolerate such things. Every party in the state has said that NEET should go. The least that is expected of him is to send the bill to President,” Saravanan said.

The party spokesperson also lashed out at AIADMK for attending the Governor’s party. He said, “AIADMK probably is scared of the BJP. They are keeping silent. The people of the state are watching what the party is doing. They will teach them a befitting lesson.” 

It is worth noting that AIADMK had supported the Bill in the Assembly.

On Thursday, state ministers Ma Subramanian and Thangam Thennarassu met RN Ravi urging him to pass on the Bill. To which, the ministers claimed that Governor did not respond. 

Meanwhile, the BJP called the skipping of the participation of DMK and its allies “unfortunate”.

“It’s unfortunate the way CM, DMK and its allies behaved. Guv wanted to inaugurate poet Subramaniya Bharati’s statue. After you committed to a date, you failed to turn up. I see it’s an insult to the poet, said K Annamalai, TN BJP chief. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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