DMK MPs stage protest against NEET 2020 at Parliament premises

South India

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MPs TR Balu and Kanimozhi on Monday started Parliament's Monsoon Session by opposing the NEET examination in the Parliament complex. 


A day after the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted, UPA allies, primarily the DMK from Tamil Nadu, staged protests outside the Parliament demanding cancellation of the undergraduate exams.

DMK MPs TR Balu, Tiruchi Siva and Kanimozhi, among others were part of the protest held at the premises.

The leaders were seen wearing face masks with "Ban NEET, save TN students" written on them.

DMK and Communist Party of India (M) have also moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha over 'suicide of 12 teenage students due to NEET'. 

DMK MP Gautham Sigamani told IANS that due to Covid-19 several students could not prepare well for NEET. Many of them in Tamil Nadu could not reach examination centres.

"NEET deprives dreams to the poor and rural students who score high marks in school education but are unable to get through NEET exam because they are not able to get any private coaching. Students have committed suicide in Tamil Nadu due to the fear of this exam," Tiruchi Siva, quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

According to the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Sunday, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was held with almost 85-90 per cent students appearing in it.

The opposition members have demanded immediate cancellation of the NEET exams. They have urged the central government to cancel and hold the exams afresh at a later date when the situation improves in the country and transport and other facilities were totally restored

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for an hour, shortly after it met, following obituary references and offering tributes to former members who passed away recently. 


With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI


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