Siddha students get MDMK support

Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Even as the protest by Government Siddha Medical College students here entered the ninth day on Tuesday against the proposed shifting of two Siddha units here, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam extended its support to the ongoing agitation.

“The ministers concerned should intervene immediately to sort out the issue. If the officials of Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS), New Delhi, are firm in their decision, then they will have to face agitation involving members of all political parties and the public,” MDMK Tirunelveli City district secretary K.M.A. Nizam told reporters after meeting the protesting students on the college premises on Tuesday.

He visited the Siddha units on the college premises. When he tried to mediate between the college administration and the students, the protestors made it clear that they would withdraw their agitation only if a couple of their vital demands were met even as the Principal (in-charge), Dr. Soundararajan, said any progress in the talks would be possible only after the students regretted in writing for commencing the agitation.

Subsequently, the stalemate continued.

The Palayamkottai Zonal chairman Suba. Seetharaman of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who raised the issue in the corporation council meeting on Monday, met the students on Tuesday and assured to take up the issue with the Union Minister of State for Health, Gandhi Selvan, to find an amicable solution.

Though the post-graduate students did not sit along with the protesting undergraduate students on Tuesday, they expressed their overt support for the agitation by meeting the protestors during the lunch hour.