The Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to join the national pool in respect of medical seats and instead maintain a status quo by not offering seats in its institutions in the State to the students of other States.

The decision to keep the option given by the Union government to join the pool on hold was taken by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah after an all-party meeting convened by him at the Secretariat on Saturday endorsed it.

Former Minister Kodela Sivaprasada Rao (TDP), D.T. Nayak (Praja Rajyam), B. Vinod Kumar (TRS), D. Shankar (Congress), K. Ramakrishna (CPI), S. Veeraiah (CPI-M) and K. Laxman (BJP), opposed joining the national pool, saying it would harm the interests of the students in the State. Moreover, it would violate the six-point formula.

Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra were already withdrawing from the pool due to its drawbacks, they added.

But Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said students from the State would be able to claim more seats than surrendered ones.