7 non-BJP CMs to move Supreme Court against Centre's decision to hold NEET, JEE exams

7 non-BJP CMs to move Supreme Court against Centre's decision to hold NEET, JEE exams

Chief ministers of seven states have decided to move a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the Centre's decision to hold the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) despite Covid-19 concerns.

The decision was taken on Tuesday 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.

It was West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who urged all states to join hands and approach the Supreme Court for the postponement of JEE and NEET exams.

“Students are facing hardship. If Centre is not going to SC to appeal against the JEE-NEET exam, states should approach SC on this issue,” she said.

“The government has announced exam dates during such uncertainties. Rail is not working, air transport is not smooth. The decision will harm students during the pandemic,” said Banerjee.

“I don’t know how they will sit for exams,” she said