Parliament: DMK, Congress members from Tamil Nadu walkout over NEET issue

The members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha on Thursday demanding a recall of Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi, taking exception to his decision to return the NEET Exemption Bill.

DMK leader Thalikkottai R. Baalu speaking on the anti-NEET Bill informed the Parliament that the governor of Tamil Nadu has sent back the Bill back to the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, instead of sending it to the President for assent.

The members of the DMK and the Congress trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Tamil Nadu governor.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the role of constitutional authorities such as a governor should not be discussed in the House.

Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi’s reason for the refusal was that the bill goes against the interests of rural students. 

“The governor, after a detailed study of the L.A.Bill No.43 of 2021 for admission to Undergraduate Medical Courses seeking exemption from NEET, and the Report of the High-Level Committee constituted by the State Government in this regard, is of the opinion that the Bill is against interests of the students especially the rural and economically poor students of the State,” read the governor’s release.

“Hence, the Hon’ble Governor has returned the Bill to the Hon’ble Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on February 01, 2022, giving detailed reasons, for its reconsideration by the House,” it added.