Udhayanidhi Stalin’s special appeal regarding Vikravandi by-election, know what he said by mentioning NEET

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Addressing the gathering, Udhayanidhi Stalin said that all of you have already decided to vote for the DMK. It is the DMK which raised its voice against the NEET exam and now the leaders of the northern states have started opposing it.

Tamil Nadu minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Udhayanidhi Stalin on Monday appealed to the people of Vikravandi constituency to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally Pattali Makkal Katchi, highlighting the NEET-UG issue and the BJP’s stand on the matter. Addressing the gathering, Udhayanidhi Stalin said, “You all have already decided to vote for the DMK. It is the DMK which raised its voice against the NEET exam and now leaders from northern states have started opposing it. It is the BJP which is against it (opposing the NEET exam) and the PMK is in alliance with them and is contesting this by-election, so I ask you all to defeat them in this by-election.”

Earlier on June 28, the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to abolish NEET at the national level. The Vikravandi constituency fell vacant after DMK MLA N Pugazhendhi died due to illness on April 6. The contest is expected to be between DMK candidate Anniyur Siva and PMK candidate and party vice-president C Anbumani. Both parties have fielded candidates from the Vanniyar community, which is in majority here followed by Dalits. The AIADMK had decided to boycott the election alleging that the current state government would misuse its powers to rig the election in its favour.

AIADMK chief Edappadi Palanisamy said DMK ministers, cadres will misuse the power of the ruling party, they will also spread violence and chaos and will not allow people to vote freely. While the DMK hopes to continue its dream run in the state after winning 39 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the recent poisonous liquor tragedy in neighbouring district Kallakurichi may hamper DMK’s plans.

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