Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Shipping and Highways Pon.Radhakrishnan today appealed to political leaders in Tamil Nadu to keep away from the educational career of students. They should not play political gimmicks and seek political mileage on the issues concerning the students including the NEET issue. Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a motor cycle rally organised by the local unit of the BJP to highlight celebration of the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement here, Mr Radhakrishnan said that the sustained initiatives and persuasion by the Tamil Nadu government and relentless initiatives by him and also Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman, Tamil Nadu had been given exemption for a year from NEET in admission to medical courses in the government colleges. He said that students of Tamil Nadu should be strengthened academically so that there would be no recurrence of demand for exemption from NEET. Political leaders and the functionaries of different outfits should also keep themselves away from the educational career of students. `You have several other avenues for your political gimmicks and political aversions, but you should not engage yourselves with the educational career of the students`, he told the political leaders in the State. Mr Radhakrishnan said State Education Minister Sengottayan had initiated steps to augment the skill and proficiency of the students in the State. `I appreciate Sengotayyan`s steps` he said.When his attention was drawn to Puducherry on NEET issue, he said that `persuasion is different from persistence`. The Minister said that Tamil Nadu government persisted without break in its efforts to get exemption from NEET. But Puducherry government only persuaded for exemption. He said that the stand taken by Puducherry government on the issue of appointment of three nominated legislators (belonging to BJP) for Puducherry Assembly showed how much respect does the government have in democracy and constitution of India.
He paid tributes to `excellent' performance by Lt Governor Kiran Bedi` on all issues concerning Puducherry.
Mr Radhakrishnan said that Chief Minister Narayanasamy should come out with firm evidences before making allegations against the Lt Governor on any issue including the developmental projects.UNI PAB CS 1747
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