Political parties back striking Medicos

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Chennai, Nov 22 (UNI) Leaders of various political parties have extended support to the striking Medicos in Tamil Nadu, even as their relay hunger strike, demanding that the Centre drop its move to extend MBBS course by one more year, entered the third day today.

As the Medical students and house surgeons of 14 government Medical colleges in the state continued their fast, after boycotting the classes, leaders of almost all political parties in the state expressed solidarity with them.

The main Opposition AIADMK, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Puthiya Tamizhagam and All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi were among the parties offered their support to the Medicos.

On behalf of AIADMK, former Ministers D Jayakumar, Thalavai Sundaram and party Legislator P K Sekar Babu, Actor-Politician Sarath Kumar and Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K Krishnasamy visited the striking students and pledged their support to them.

Addressing the students, Mr Sarath Kumar urged the Centre and state governments to find a solution to the issue, considering the health conditions of the students. The students were just in their demand that the MBBS course should not be extended to six and a half years, by making one year rural posting compulsory, he said.

Dr Krishnasamy said it was totally unfair on the part of the Centre to extend the medical course by one year. He offered to observe fast along with the students, pressing the demand.

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and CPI state unit Secretary R Nallakannu were scheduled to address the striking medicos in the evening.

UNI

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