DMK releases manifesto, promises to scrap NEET

The main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) today released its Lok Sabha elections manifesto which had many tall promises. The manifesto released by party president M K Stalin stated that the party would scrap the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) if brought to power. The party has also promised to waive off all educational loans of students. Stalin said the DMK is opposed to conducting of NEET in Tamil Nadu and will take steps to get it abolished if the party is part of the next government at the Centre.

DMK's manifesto pledged to explore possibilities to bring Madurai, Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore under the Metro map. It also promised to implement the controversial Sethusamudram project which has been stalled for the past 12 years. The DMK has promised to fight for the return of old pension scheme, reintroduction of control prices of petrol, diesel, and abolishing toll fee in highways among others.

The manifesto also pitches for a separate budget for agriculture and hike of I-T exemption upto Rs. 8 lakh. Two day after announcing the candidates, DMK on Tuesday released the party's election manifesto at its headquarters Anna Arivalayam at Teynampet in Chennai. Nearly 1.41 lakh students have registered from Tamil Nadu for NEET 2019, which will be held in May this year.