The BJP, ruling Gujarat on Friday, accused Congress of inciting student anarchy and called on the main opposition party to accept the Supreme Court ruling on NEET, JEE and university exams.
On August 17, the Supreme Court refused to interfere in conducting medical and technical entrance exams – the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), due in September, stating that the Life has to go on and students cannot lose a precious year due to the pandemic.
However, Congress on Friday organized a nationwide demonstration calling for the exams to be postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and flooding in parts of the country.
The President of the Gujarat Congress, Amit Chavda, was among the 30 or so party leaders arrested by police for holding protests without permission.
BJP spokesman Bharat Pandya said, “Congress is the least concerned about the future of students. The main aim of the party is to create anarchy by inciting students.
If the Supreme Court has already passed its judgment, it is inappropriate for Congress to hold protests. “After democracy and the electoral commission, it is now the Supreme Court that the opposition party has lost confidence in,” he claimed.
State Congress spokesman Manish Doshi hit back, saying the BJP government at the center was trying to hide its inefficiency by hiding behind the Apex court.
“Apart from the coronavirus, several states are facing a flood-like situation. Even the center has closed educational institutions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Congress doesn’t do politics. We only care about the safety of the students, ”he said.
“If the government was serious about holding exams, why didn’t they plan ahead and come up with options? Now the center is taking cover behind the SC’s judgment to hide its own inefficiency,” he added.
While NEET is to take place on September 13th, the JEE-Main technical entrance exam is planned between September 1st and 6th.