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PMK has no locus standi to raise CET issue, says Jayalalithaa

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"If Dr. Anbumani amends MCI rules, there will not be a need for legislation"

CHENNAI: Blaming Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss of the Pattali Makkal Katchi for inaction in the Common Entrance Test issue, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said the PMK, which resorted to "double talk and duplicity" on the CET, had no locus standi to raise the issue.

Intervening in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address, she said the Government would give effect to the new scheme of making Plus Two marks of the State Board as the common platform for evaluation, besides ensuring a quota system, by bringing a legislation in the current session itself.

Responding to PMK Member K. Arumugam's remark that uncertainty still prevailed over the CET, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the controversy could have been ended in one stroke had Dr. Anbumani got the Medical Council of India rules amended. The rules stressed that the entrance test should be conducted in some form or the other for admission to professional colleges.

The Centre had not responded so far to the Chief Secretary's letter to the Secretary (Health) and Secretary (Human Resource Development) in September and December last, seeking necessary amendments to MCI and All-India Council for Technical Education rules.

It was to circumvent this difficulty the State Government was compelled to announce a new scheme in the Governor's address.

She recalled that her Government abolished the CET in June last year to end the burden of rural students.

It decided that admissions to professional colleges would be made on the basis of Plus Two marks alone.

This was challenged in the High Court, which struck down the State Government's order citing certain regulations of the MCI and AICTE.

Crocodile tears

At that stage, the PMK sought to shed "crocodile tears" for the affected students and impleaded itself in the case. While the Government went in appeal against the High Court verdict, the PMK did not make any such move, she said.

Only alternative

As deputy leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Duraimurugan intervened to ask what alternative the Government had if a section of students went to court challenging the proposed system, the Chief Minister said the only alternative was for the Centre to amend the MCI rules. Even now if Dr. Anbumani amended the MCI rules, there would not be a need for a State legislation.

Amidst noisy scenes, PMK leader G.K.Mani said Dr. Anbumani had been taking all steps to defend the interests of students, including measures for amending the MCI rules.

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