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tn govt boycotts governor's feast

tn govt boycotts governor's feast

Industries Minister Thangam Tennarasu has on Thursday said that the Tamil Nadu government has decided to boycott the tea party to be held at the Governor's Residence due to the latter’s delay in approving the NEET Exemption Bill.
The NEET Exemption Bill was passed in the Legislature last year and sent to the Governor. The Governor sent the bill back to the Government of Tamil Nadu. Following this, the Tamil Nadu government convened an all-party meeting and held consultations. At the end of this meeting, it was decided to reconvene the legislature and once again pass the bill.


The NEET Exemption Bill was passed in the Special Legislative Assembly meeting held on February 8 and sent to the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The governor did not take any action on the bill. In this context, Chief Minister MK Stalin visited the Raj Bhavan on March 15 and met Governor RN Ravi. He then insisted that action be taken quickly on the NEET bill and forward it to the President for approval.
Following the meeting, Chief Minister MK Stalin issued a statement stating that the Governor had promised to send it to the President. Even a month later, the governor has taken no action on the bill.


In this context, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian and Industry Minister Thangam Thennarasu met the Governor this morning and demanded that the NEET Bill be sent to the President. But since the Governor has not given any response in this regard, the Tamil Nadu government has announced that it will boycott the tea party to be held at the Governor's Residence today.


Minister Thangam Thennarasu met the press in front of the Raj Bhavan today. Speaking then, he said: The Governor has not yet approved the NEET Bill. Thus the reputation of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has been questioned. The Governor did not set any time limit for sending the bill to the president for approval. Medical student admission is set to begin soon. Prior approval from the President is required. We demanded that the Governor forward this bill to the President as promised to the Chief  Minister. It is regrettable that the Governor has not approved this bill which reflects the reverence of the legislature, the sentiment of the poor people and the dream of the rural students. Therefore, the Government of Tamil Nadu will not attend the event (tea party) to be held this evening at the Governor's House. Thus he said.