The Opposition leaders additionally mentioned points resembling GST compensation on the assembly, which was additionally attended by Maharashtra CM Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Puducherry chief minister V Narayansamy and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

At a digital assembly known as by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, Opposition chief ministers mounted an assault on the Central Government over numerous points resembling pending GST compensation as a result of states,  and financial scenario as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

At the assembly, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh mentioned that each one chief minsietrs should collectively strategy the Supreme Court looking for that the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) exams be postponed.

The assembly was additionally attended by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Puducherry chief minister V Narayansamy and Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.

Last week, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea looking for postponement of JEE (Main) and NEET, saying that “life cannot be stopped” and the “career of students cannot be put in jeopardy”.

Amid a growing chorus of voices opposing the NEET and JEE (Main) exams as a result of present coronavirus scenario within the nation, the NTA on Tuesday mentioned that the essential entrance exams might be held as per schedule in September.

While the JEE (Main) is scheduled from 1-6 September, the NEET examination is slated to be held on 13 September

Banerjee, Singh counsel approaching SC for postponing exams

In the assembly, Banerjee accused the Centre of bulldozing state governments “in the name of co-operative federalism”.

“We are fighting the battle,” she mentioned.

Banerjee additionally urged all chief ministers to collectively transfer the Supreme Court for postponing the NEET and JEE(Mains) exams

“Why ought to the lives of scholars be put in danger? This might be my request to all state governments, allow us to do it collectively, allow us to go to the Supreme Court and postpone the examination for the time being till and until the scenario permits college students to sit down for exams,” she mentioned.

Banerjee mentioned that she had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi a number of instances however had not obtained any response.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh backed her demand, stating that the exams are threatening the lives of lakhs of scholars.

“Let us all get together to move the Supreme Court for postponement of the exams, which are threatening the lives of lakhs of students,” he mentioned.

He additionally instructed that the JEE-NEET  and different skilled exams like medical and regulation may be held on-line and there was no have to put the scholars in danger.

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanswamy mentioned that holding the exams as deliberate would result in an increase within the COVID-19 instances within the nation. “Who will be responsible?” he requested.

Thackeray additionally opposed conducting examinations at a time when the “coronavirus pandemic is rising”.

Have not obtained GST compensation, declare CMs

The Opposition leaders additionally mentioned different points resembling GST compensation and the financial scenario as a result of pandemic.

Gandhi mentioned the “refusal” by the Centre to pay GST compensation to the states is nothing wanting a betrayal of the belief of the folks of India.

“In the meeting of Standing Committee of Finance on 11 August, the finance secretary stated the Centre is not in a position to pay mandatory GST compensation of 14 percent for the current fiscal year, This is nothing short of a betrayal by the Modi government,” she reportedly mentioned.

Banerjee claimed that the West Bengal authorities was but to get Rs 53,000 crore from the Centre, whereas Gehlot mentioned that the Centre is but to launch GST compensation of practically Rs 6,990 crore to his state.

Gehlot additionally mentioned that the scenario was worsening and mentioned that each one chief ministers ought to collectively strategy the prime minister.

“The economic package announced by the Centre is loan based. Situation of states is continuously failing; revenue collection has come down to 40 percent; and there is no subsidy or grant from the Centre,” PTI quoted him as saying.

“States are surrounded with challenges from all sides but the Centre is only bothered about toppling state governments,” Gehlot alleged.

Amarinder Singh mentioned that Punjab could face deficit of Rs 25,000 crore this yr on account of COVID-19.

EIA draft deeply undemocratic, says Sonia Gandhi

During the assembly, Gandhi additionally slammed the brand new National Education Policy (NEP) and the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) laws introduced by the Centre.

“The NEP is a setback for progressive, secular and scientific values and reveals insensitivity to what the states have been saying. Problems of students and examinations are being dealt with very uncaringly,” she mentioned.

The NEP, which proposes sweeping reforms resembling establishing a single regulator and a number of entry and exit factors in diploma programs, was accepted by the Union Cabinet final month.

Gandhi additionally termed the Draft EIA as “deeply anti-democratic”.

“Laws meant to protect the environment, livelihoods and public health are being weakened,” she mentioned, noting that the public sale of coal mines has additionally been objected to by some chief ministers.

Banerjee additionally mentioned that the Centre was bulldozing state governments “in the name of co-operative federalism”.  Soren mentioned the ruling occasion was utilizing businesses in opposition to the Opposition and undermining federal construction.

Thackeray asserted that “all powers are now getting concentrated in one hand”, Uddhav Thackeray mentioned, “We should decide whether we have to fight or fear the Central Government.”

Gandhi known as for extra such conferences of like-minded events within the bigger curiosity of the nation and the general public’s good and backed Thackeray and Banerjee’s call for a united battle in opposition to the Centre.

With inputs from PTI

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