Sonia Gandhi, Mamata call meeting of CMs to demand postponement of NEET, JEE. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has convened a meeting of chief ministers at 2.30 pm on August 26 to discuss and demand postponement of NEET and JEE that are scheduled for September. Stay with us to get daily updates.
“Chief ministers of all non-BJP ruled states have been invited. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that he will not be able to attend as he has to attend to some urgent business,” said the TMC leader who is involved in arranging the meeting.
Those who attended include Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, said the TMC leader.
The purpose is not just to put pressure on the government to postpone NEET and JEE, but also to demand compensation for states that have incurred revenue losses due to GST amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many ministers have been opposing the Centre’s decision to conduct the exams. Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the Central Government to consider filing a review petition in the Supreme Court over the dates of NEET and JEE examinations.
The government has so far resisted growing calls for postponing JEE and NEET scheduled next month, saying the exams will be held with full precautions against the virus. Opposition chief ministers are expected to jointly demand 14% GST compensation.
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