Referring to the DMK government's decision to boycott the Governor’s tea party, Stalin said it would be inappropriate as the state Legislative Assembly has not been given its due regard.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who said TN Governor's delay in forwarding anti-NEET Bill is making students anxiousTwitter/mkstalin
news Education Friday, April 15, 2022 - 14:59

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday, April 14, expressed dismay over Governor RN Ravi not coming forwards with a positive assurance over the Assembly's unanimous Bill seeking exemption for the state from NEET. Stalin hoped that seeing fairness in the request, the Governor would forward it for Presidential assent without further delay, and thereby fulfil the constitutional mandate.

Referring to his government's decision to boycott the Governor’s 'At Home Reception,' Stalin said it would be inappropriate to attend the event hosted at Raj Bhavan, where the collective will of the society, as well as the state Legislative Assembly, have not been given its due regard.

The NEET issue, according to the Chief Minister, had been a matter of deep concern for the people of the state and gradually the social consensus on NEET evolved into a political and legislative consensus in the state. The draft NEET Exemption Bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly is an outcome of such legislative consensus stemming from the will of our people, Stalin said in a letter addressed to the Governor on Thursday evening. 

Read: Amid NEET face-off, DMK and allies to skip Tamil Nadu Governor's tea party

When the Bill was sent back to the Legislative Assembly for certain clarifications and reconsideration, his government did not view it as an adversarial stand, he said. “We had complied with the constitutional process, debated it in detail, clarified the points raised by you and sent it back for reserving the same for the Presidential assent,” he said.

Even during his meetings with the Governor he had stressed upon the significance of this particular Bill and requested him to forward it to the Union Government, Stalin said. “You may recall that during our last meeting, you have assured us that this process will be expedited, but I am pained to note that the bill is yet to be transmitted to the Government of India,” the Chief Minister said. 

He pointed out that the admission process for medical courses for the next academic year is to commence shortly and that there is tremendous anxiety and uncertainty among the aspiring students and their parents. “Given this situation, I am sure that you would appreciate our sense of disappointment and dismay at this juncture over the impasse. I am pained to note that despite our repeated efforts to impress upon your goodselves on the urgency and sensitivity of the matter, this issue is evoking no positive response from your side,” he said.

It was with this critical situation in mind that he deputed two of his senior Ministers on Thursday to brief the Governor in person and obtain clarity on the way forward within a timeframe, he said. “Unfortunately, I am informed that no positive assurance has been given to them during the discussion. Given these circumstances, we consider that it would be inappropriate for us to attend this celebratory event hosted at Raj Bhavan, where the collective will of our society as well as our Legislative Assembly have not been given its due regard,” the Chief Minister explained. 

Even now, he sincerely hoped that the Governor will see the fairness in the  request and forward the Bill to the Union government without any further delay, thereby fulfilling the constitutional mandate. He further said, “I am confident that when both of us discharge our constitutional duties constructively, the state shall stand to benefit and continue to prosper. I am sure that our relationship would continue to be warm and cordial in the best interest of the people of Tamil Nadu.”

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