Sonia Gandhi to hold meeting with 7 CMs over GST collection issues, NEET, JEE exams today

Sonia Gandhi to hold meeting with 7 CMs over GST collection issues, NEET, JEE exams today

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will hold a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states today to discuss issues related to GST collection, financial loss incurred by states because of Covid-19 and the schedule of JEE and NEET examinations that has triggered protests by students who are demanding that the exams be cancelled.

Apart from Congress chief ministers of Punjab (Captain Amarinder Singh), Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot), Chhattisgarh (Bhupesh Baghel) and Puducherry (V Narayanasamy), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren will also join the meeting that is slated to take place at 2.30 pm today.

While Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Soren-led JMM are coalition partners with Congress in their respective states, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee’s participation in the meeting bears huge significance, less than a year before West Bengal goes to polls.

Amid a growing chorus for postponing the crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE) exams in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Testing Agency has maintained that the examinations will be conducted in September as scheduled.

There have been demands from several quarters to further postpone the entrance exams in view of increasing coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday, Swedish teen climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg also threw her weight behind postponing the exams in view of the pandemic.

"It's deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID," she said in a tweet.