CHENNAI: The all-party meeting on Sunday deliberated on two other key issues: the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses and the enforcement of prohibition.
While one resolution urged the Centre to grant consent to the Bills passed in the Assembly recently seeking exemption from NEET, another one harped on enforcing prohibition. The resolution on prohibition comes amid widespread protests against relocation of liquor outlets in the State.
The two resolutions are seen as an attempt to build a bigger opposition grouping based on issues where there is a broad consensus. DMK working president M K Stalin dropped subtle hints in that direction, saying: “Hope of a remedy through this meeting has arisen in the minds of not only farmers but also the entire people in Tamil Nadu.”
However, leaders of the DMK and other parties insisted that their current aim was to find solutions to the problems of farmers and not about forging a grand alliance to take on the AIADMK and the BJP.
State Congress unit chief S Thirunavukkarasar said, “We did not talk about politics. Alliances and other such things will come up only before the polls.” However, he wanted the bonhomie among the opposition to continue. Left leaders and the VCK too expressed similar views.