Chennai: The ruling DMK has labeled NEET as an ‘industry’ designed to benefit coaching centers, generating ‘several lakh crores.’ Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of exposing this, with major national parties now echoing concerns about the test’s validity.

Highlighting the CBI’s arrests and searches related to NEET-UG irregularities, DMK’s Tamil mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’ said that even BJP’s ally JD(U) has raised concerns through a resolution, as reported by news agency PTI. “India’s prominent parties are increasingly vocal against NEET,” it stated. The DMK is advocating for parliamentary debates on NEET irregularities, supported by Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Recently, in the state Assembly, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare Udhayanidhi Stalin discussed the ‘Dravidian Algorithm,’ underscoring Tamil Nadu’s early awareness of NEET’s implications. Similarly, he emphasized Tamil Nadu’s proactive stance against ‘Hindi imposition,’ echoing sentiments felt across the state.

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In its editorial on July 1, 2024, the Tamil daily said: “It was Tamil Nadu which first said that NEET is fraudulent. Now the entire country is supporting that. NEET is an industry created for the welfare of coaching centres that rake in several lakh crores and Tamil Nadu was the first state to say that. Today, gangs of fraudsters are being arrested.”

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Regarding the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution passed on June 28, 2024, seeking exemption from NEET and advocating for the complete scrapping of the medical entrance exam, the DMK daily said, “Now India is awakening to the true nature of fraudulent NEET.”

The DMK has consistently argued that NEET undermines social justice, disadvantages poor and rural students, and primarily benefits coaching centers. The main opposition AIADMK and most parties in the state have voiced opposition against NEET.

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