Sonia holds Oppn meet on JEE, NEET

Sonia holds Oppn meet on JEE, NEET
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi chairs a virtual meeting with chief ministers of 7 states, Wednesday.
NEW DELHI, AUG 26 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/26/2020 12:26:53 PM IST


Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre and said that the problems of students and the issue of NEET and JEE examination had been dealt with uncaringly by the Narendra Modi regime.

While addressing a meeting of opposition chief ministers via video-conferencing, Sonia Gandhi said, “We have to work and fight together against Central government. Students’ problems and NEET and JEE exams issue has been dealt with uncaringly by the Centre.”

The crucial meeting was attended by the chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states and also the chief ministers of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray.

Speaking on her turn, Banerjee urged all the CMs to together to approach the Supreme Court for postponing NEET, JEE exams as students are not prepared for it.

She alleged that the state governments have been ‘bulldozed’ by Centre in name of cooperative federalism. “We are fighting the battle,” Banerjee said.

While Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren said that the ruling BJP is using central agencies against the Opposition, undermining the federal structure, his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray said that “we should decide whether we have to fight or fear the Centre.”

On his turn, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh urged all the chief ministers to go to PM Modi and apprise him of revenue loss and the current situation in states. 

During the meeting, they also agreed that the Centre must give compensation to states who have reported a loss of revenue because of the GST in the time of the pandemic.

While JEE (Main) is scheduled from September 1-6, the NEET-UG is planned on September 13. There have been demands from several quarters to further postpone the entrance exams in view of increasing coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, Congress said that the opposition chief ministers have decided to move the Supreme Court against the decision of the Centre to go ahead with NEET-JEE. 

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