In a rare show of unity, DMK and AIADMK today joined hands in Rajya Sabha to oppose the Centre’s decision to introduce Common Entrance Test for medical colleges.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Paul Manoj Pandiyan (AIADMK) said the decision amounts to infringement on the rights of the States and will affect the prospects of students from rural areas.
He said the decision has sent shock waves among poor students wanting to enter into medical field.
Supporting him, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) said students from rural areas were not getting opportunity to enrol in medical colleges.
Members of AIADMK and DMK, rival political parties in Tamil Nadu, said that the entrance test in the State has been abolished.
Mr. Siva said the decision for CET was unwarranted. “We strongly oppose the move, which is aimed at usurping the powers of the State government,” he said, demanding that the status quo be maintained.