Chennai: Staunchly denouncing Governor RN Ravi's pro-NEET stand, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday said his government would boycott the tea party to be hosted by him on Independence Day.
Two days ago, Mr Ravi had said that he would never give assent to the Tamil Nadu Assembly Bill to exempt the state from the purview of the national test "if he had the power to do so".
The Governor's statement has shocked students and young people, Chief Minister Stalin said, condemning Mr Ravi's words.
The Bill is pending with the President for her assent.
"The Governor's comment is irresponsible and belittles Tamil Nadu's seven-year-long anti-NEET struggle," the Chief Minister said.
Mr Ravi is causing confusion in the higher education department as well, and his pro-NEET comment is tantamount to "destroying" the dreams of students and their parents, he said.
To mark the state government's opposition to Governor's public, pro-NEET stand, Mr Stalin said, "We have decided to boycott the tea party to be hosted him on August 15 in Raj Bhavan."