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Follow last year's admission norms: BJP

By Our Special Correspondent

MADURAI, JULY 13. The Bharatiya Janata Party has appealed to the State Government to admit students to professional courses as per norms followed last year in the larger interest of students, as most of them were facing uncertainty in getting admission.

The confusion, "created by the Government and courts," should be cleared and the students saved from undergoing prolonged ordeal, the State BJP general secretary, H. Raja, told presspersons here today.

The State Government, he said, should make a submission before the Madras High Court that last year's procedure would be followed in admission this year also and the recommendations of the Justice S.S. Subramani Committee would come into effect from the next academic year.

Expressing concern over the Centre's move to wind up the Task Force on linking of rivers, Mr. Raja appealed to the constituents of the United Progressive Alliance from Tamil Nadu to press for the implementation of the plan.

A meeting of the Cauvery River Authority should be convened by the Prime Minister immediately to work out a distress sharing formula, as a short-term solution to the Cauvery dispute.

If need be, the Prime Minister could call an all-party meeting, Mr. Raja said.

On the Union Budget, the BJP leader said the post-budget statements of the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, revealed that proper attention had not been paid to the budget exercise.

While the provision for foreign direct investment in telecom, insurance and civil aviation sectors earned the displeasure of the allies of the Congress, the increase in excise duty on steel would affect the construction industry.

Mr. Raja said the Communist parties should not attempt to "run with the hare and hunt with the hound" and a "honourable way" for them was to withdraw support to the UPA Government on the basis of their objections to the budget provisions.

Reiterating the BJP's opposition to the postponement of `kumbhabishekams' in temples across the State, Mr. Raja said the Government had no authority to interfere in religious practises.

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department should be concerned only with the mundane affairs of temples.

The recent postponement, he said, strengthened their plea for the formation of an autonomous body to take over the administration of temples.

The party MLAs would take up the issue in the ensuing Assembly session, Mr. Raja said.

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