Two days after the death of 17-year-old Anitha in Ariyalur district, the Tamil Nadu BJP has accused the DMK of instigating her suicide and gaining political mileage from the unfortunate incident. State BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan, took to social media on Monday to announce that the party's 'dharmyudham' in Tamil Nadu has now begun.
Tamilisai Soundararajan expressed her angst against the DMK which had condemned the state and Centre on Monday for the death of the medical aspirant. She alleged in a debate on India Today that the party led by MK Stalin propped up Anitha as the face against NEET, took her to Delhi and used her. They however, she claimed, failed to give her any kind of mental support following the Supreme Court verdict. Tamilisai accused the DMK of forgetting about the young girl after they could no longer use her for their political benefit.
Following this, in a video on social media, she claimed an 'innocent child was murdered' and this was 'terrible politics'. "The girl had met the DMK's working President and also said that she will do a course in Agriculture. Why did she decide to commit suicide just two days later?" asked Tamilisai.
DMK spokesperson Manu Sundaram who also part of the television debate called the BJP leader's charges 'stupid'. "I dare Dr.Tamilisai to launch an investigation into the matter and file a case against any DMK member," he said.
Referring to protests where effigies of Prime Minister Modi were set on fire and hit with slippers, the state BJP President said they will fight back.
"Our Dharmayudham has begun. We will fight back against those who are politicising such issues and trying to fool people. NEET will create not only good doctors but also a good society," she said. "Students who would earlier have to pay crores to join private medical colleges will now be able to get the education by paying just few lakhs," she claims.
Dismissing claims that social equity was being disrupted, Tamilisai said, "More student from backward classes have joined medical colleges this time. NEET will ensure students are prepared for the tough syllabus ahead. Earlier people used to study things wrong, make mistakes and this led to cases of medical negligence. Now that will stop."
She further claimed that students will now have three chances to become doctors through NEET as opposed to just one when board exams were taken into account