7 non-BJP CMs plan to move Supreme Court against Centre’s decision to hold NEET, JEE exams. Chief ministers of seven states have agreed to move a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the Centre’s decision to hold NEET and JEE examination despite Covid-19 concerns.
The matter was discussed on Wednesday during a virtual meet called by Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss the delay in GST compensation by the Centre to states as well the government’s decision to hold the medical and engineering entrance exams during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The meeting was attended by TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha president and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. All four Congress CMs – Amarinder Singh in Punjab, Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan, Bhupesh Baghel in Chattisgarh and V Narayanasamy in Puducherry – were also present in the meeting.
A decision was taken to discuss the matter and evolve a joint strategy in this regard, the sources said. Sonia Gandhi said the Congress party was on board on the issue and asked Banerjee, who proposed a joint appeal by the states in the apex court, to work out with Amarinder Singh and other chief ministers on the legal recourse.
She said whatever steps need to be taken in the interest of students should be taken unitedly. Batting for the students who are demanding postponement of the exams due to COVID-19, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged the central government to listen to their grievances and find an amicable solution
“NEET-JEE aspirants are worried about their health and future. They have genuine concerns of fear of Covid19 infection, transport and lodging during pandemic and flood-mayhem in Assam and Bihar,” he said on Twitter. “GOI must listen to all stakeholders and find an acceptable solution,” he said. The Congress also announced protests by its state units on August 28 in front of central government offices at state and district headquarters, besides a nationwide online campaign, #SpeakUpForStudentSaftey.
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