New Delhi, Aug 11: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reiterated the demand for an exemption for the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). “We reiterated our demand of exempting Tamil Nadu from NEET exam,” said Chief Minister E Palaniswami after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Friday.

Earlier, Deputy speaker in Lok Sabha M Thambidurai and Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar on Tuesday called on Union commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeking an exemption for the state from NEET exam. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and a ministerial delegation had met PM Modi in past as well regarding NEET exemption for the state.

Tamil Nadu has been pressing for the presidential assent to two bills adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in February. The bills seek continuation of the undergraduate medical admissions on the basis of class 12 marks, exempting Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Meanwhile, E Palaniswami arrived in New Delhi to discuss merger talks of two AIADMK factions with PM Modi. The two AIADMK factions are mulling to join Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after the merger.