Mamata Banerjee requests opposition leaders to move SC, start movement demanding JEE, NEET postponement
Kolkata/IBNS: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday requested several opposition leaders including Chief Ministers of the non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states to knock the doors of the Supreme Court and even start a movement, demanding the postponement of Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
In a meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Banerjee said, "Students and youth are the future of our country. We the state governments can appeal to the Supreme Court if the Centre does not feel like doing it. My request to all the state governments is to move the Supreme Court seeking a postponement of the examinations until the situation becomes favourable."
"The central government can appeal in the Supreme Court through the Attorney General or Solicitor General. If they don't do it, we can of course move the Supreme Court and also start a public movement like dharna or strike," the CM said.
"Whatever they are saying in the name of cooperative federalism, the state governments are being bulldozed like anything," Banerjee added in an unsparing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.
Banerjee has already sent two letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to postpone the JEE and NEET, at a time thousands of students from across the country are protesting against the conduct of the two examinations.
Among other CMs, Jharkhand's Hemant Soren, Maharashtra's Uddhav Thackeray, Punjab's Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh's Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry's V Narayanasamy were present in the meeting.
Disappointing thousands of students across the country, Amit Khare, the secretary of HRD Ministry, last Friday said the entrance examinations cannot be deferred.
Khare cited the Supreme Court order which had given a nod to hold the two examinations.
Several pleas were filed in the Supreme Court seeking a postponement of the entrance examinations.
The top court has, however, rejected all the petitions stating examinations can't be deferred indefinitely.