However, the minister, who is among the ministers from six states who have relocated the Apex Court over a review of its previous order, said Maharashtra never asked for the exams to be canceled, only tried to postpone them until a more convenient time.
In their review petition, ministers from various non-BJP-governed states – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Punjab – plan to address various issues that could hinder the smooth and safe conduct of the planned JEE and NEET exams September 30 .
“We never wanted to cancel the exams, we wanted them to be postponed for an appropriate time in view of the Covid 19 crisis,” Samant told media representatives.
In view of the latest developments, the state government will consult universities and students on this issue and then decide how the SC regulation should be implemented.
“We respect the judgment of the SC. We will consider students’ health and safety concerns before deciding how to conduct the exams,” said Samant.
On Thursday, Maha Vikas Aghadi’s ruling partners – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress – urged the center to consider postponing exams in view of the pandemic lockdown, which would make it difficult for candidates to reach exam locations , and they don’t just expose you to the risk of coronavirus.
Prior to this, State Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request his intervention on the matter amid the health concerns of students and their families.