Why medicos withdrew stir?

via HK Correspondent published on June 2, 2006

NEW DELHI: The doctors and post graduate medicos who were on strike for the last twenty days against the government move to hike the quota for SC/ST and OBCs in institutes of higher learning withdrew the agitation not because of the ultimatum served by the Supreme Court, it is reliably learnt. The striking doctors were shocked to see the picture of Anbumani Ramadoss, the Union Health Minister, donning the robes of a physician and examining patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The Thursday edition of The Hindu, an English daily owned and published by R Rangarajan, father–in-law of Union Minister  Dayanidhi Maran , has carried the picture  of Anbumani examining some patients in the AIIMS, New Delhi.


 


Anbumani, who claims to be an allopathic doctor has never practiced medicine in his life. A student with below average IQ, Anbumani managed to get admission in Madras Medical College because of the political clout of his politician father Ramadoss. Anbumani’s colleagues in Madras Medical College were literally shocked to see his picture printed in The Hindu, which is also the CPI(M)’s English mouthpiece. “ God! What are we seeing?. This chap has not attended any of the lecture classes or practicals during his stay in MMC. We shudder at the thought of what will become to the hapless patients,” said one of his batch mates. It was the compassion and love the striking doctors had for the patients which made them withdrew the strike instantly. The Supreme Court order came in  handy for them to call off the agitation.   


 


Ramadoss, the founder of the PMK, the family concern of Anbumani, had asked Jayalalithaa, the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu that his son be given a ticket to Rajya Sabha. Jayalalithaa who was well aware of the past deeds of Anbumani rejected Ramadoss’ request oureightly and this made the Vanniyar leader switch over to the DMK camp.  


        


One of the batchmates remembers that Anbumani spent most of his study time at the beaches of Mahabalipuram and Marina in the company of junior film artists from Kodambakkam. The striking medicos in New Delhi and elsewhere  are aware of the antecedents of Anbumani, who is the Tamil version of Kerala’s own K Muraleedharan.      

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