Chennai, Nov 27 (UNI) Pledging its support to the striking medicos and house surgeons in Tamil Nadu, the students' wing of the opposition AIADMK today staged protest demonstrations in front of the Government Medical Colleges across the state, demanding that the Centre drop its move to extend MBBS course by one year by making rural postings compulsory.
The party, which had declared support to the medicos, till their demands were met, held the agitation in the city and other parts of the state in support of the medicos and house surgeons in Government Medical College hospitals.
In the city, the students' wing secretary R P Udayakumar led the agitation, held in front of the Chennai collectorate. Party legislators P K Sekar Babu and V P Kalairajan were among others, who took part in it.
Similar protest demonstrations were held in Theni, Vellore, Thanjavur, Chengalpattu, Coimbatore, Salem, Kanniyakumari, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Perundurai and Tuticorin.
AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa had flayed the Centre for the move, stating that it would severely affect the students hailing from poor and downtrodden families.
She had said the medicos would be more willing to serve in rural areas if they were awarded MBBS degrees after they completed the course and given posting orders.