Chief Ministers belonging to various opposition parties on Wednesday got together and discussed the issue of NEET , JEE entrance examination issues during covid19 pandemic and GST compensation to states, with Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying the Centre’s refusal to reimburse the states was nothing short of betrayal of the people by the Modi government.
This is in response to the Sonia Gandhi convened a virtual meeting of chief ministers of opposition-ruled states to discuss the key issues confronting them. However Delhi Cheif Minister and South Indian non congress Cheif Ministers from Andhra Tamilnadu , and Telangana didn’t attend
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and chief ministers of Congress-ruled states Amarinder Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel and V Narayanasamy attended the meeting.
In her introductory remarks, Sonia Gandhi said she agreed with Banerjee and Thackeray that all opposition-ruled states should together fight the Centre for their rights.
“We have to work together and fight together against the Central government,” Sonia Gandhi said at the meeting while endorsing Mamtha and Thackeray.
“We should decide whether we have to fight or fear,” Thackeray said at the meeting.
Banerjee earlier said the situation was “very serious” and opposition-ruled states should fight unitedly.
Sonia Gandhi termed the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) legislation as “anti-democratic” and alleged that the laws to protect the environment and public health are being weakened by the Modi government.
She said announcements like the National Education Policy should worry the opposition as they are a setback for secular and scientific values and reveal the “insensitivity” of the government.
On students’ problems and the issue of NEET , JEE exams arising out of the pandemic situation, she said it is being dealt with uncaringly by the Centre.
Mamtha urges all chief ministers to together move the Supreme Court for postponing the NEET and JEE exams as students are not prepared.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren said the ruling party was using agencies against the opposition and was undermining the federal structure.