Accusing political parties in Tamil Nadu of patronising the medicos' agitation in the state, the PMK on Tuesday said it was an attempt to "spoil the image" of Union Health Minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss.
"The medicos stir against the extension of the MBBS course by one year is being politicised. When there is no agitation by medicos in other states, why is it being held in this state only?" PMK founder S Ramadoss asked.
Addressing a press conference in Chennai on Tuesday, he also demanded to know how the government had allowed leaders of various parties to address the agitating students inside the Madras Medical College.
Ramadoss said he had refrained from making any comments so far on various issues concerning the health ministry, including the AIIMS issue as the Health Minister himself had handled them.
"Now I have been compelled to do so as the stir is being politicised," the PMK leader said.
The agitating medicos had 'misunderstood' that the course was being extended, he said and pointed out that the course duration would continue to be five and half years. "One year rural services is not part of the course."
The proposal envisaged students to work in rural areas and in hospitals in towns and districts for four months each, during which they would be paid Rs 8,000 per month, he added.