Stalin: Won’t give up on Neet issue, Cm says on first day of campaign | News from Coimbatore

Coimbatore: Chief Minister MK Stalin kicked off the campaign for the city local body elections on Sunday, with a scathing attack on the BJP government in the Center for ‘imposing’ the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). He also hit out at the opposition AIADMK for not opposing NEET.
In the virtual campaign titled “Ullatchiyilum thodarattum namma atchi”, Stalin declared that the DMK government would continue to oppose the NEETs. “Not just NEET, we will oppose all anti-people movements in the Center. We will not allow such projects. His speech was broadcast live on giant screens which were erected at more than 300 locations across the district.
Stalin said the DMK approached the NEET issue because it involved a broader issue of social justice and not for political reasons. “There are dozens of BJP anti-people activities that warrant opposition. So, we don’t need to address the issue of NEETs to oppose the BJP for political reasons. He said NEET should not be viewed superficially. “One must lift the veil on NEET and understand the inherent disadvantages it poses to the poor and oppressed.”
When the BJP government introduced NEET in 2016, he said, then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa opposed the review and hence an exemption was granted to Tamil. Nadu for a year. “Had the same vigor been maintained to oppose NEET, the review could have been dropped. Instead, his successors allowed NEET. But we are not going to drop the issue. The assembly of the state will meet on Feb. 8, pass the same bill, and send it back to the governor.
Stalin earlier courted the farmers, kongu vellalars, arunthiyars and small industrialists, who constitute the main electoral blocs in the district, to support the DMK candidates in the polls of the urban local bodies.
Recalling the demands of the late farmer leader Narayansamy Naidu, Stalin said that the DMK had always supported the farmers and responded to their demands. “It was the DMK that opposed the three agricultural laws introduced by the Centre,” he said, adding that the party had also given up agricultural loans. He said that it was the DMK that responded to the demand of the kongu vellalars to be declared a backward class.
Stalin said that the DMK organized a meeting for industrialists in the district and signed memorandums of understanding worth more than 35,000 crore. He also promised to establish Semoozhi Poonga, soon complete the construction of the flyovers and beautify the roads, which have not been maintained for the past 10 years.
“The previous rulers only wanted to loot the public treasury for 10 years. Whereas this government fulfilled 75% of its election promises in less than a year,” Stalin said.
Promising monthly neighborhood grievance redress meetings, Stalin declared that the government’s social welfare measures could only be implemented effectively in all the streets if the DMK were elected to power in the urban local bodies.

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