Congress Party and it’s affiliated organisations from Mira Bhayandar have organised a protest and demanded the postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The Congress party members gather near the Upper Tehsildar’s Office in Bhayandar (West). They shout out the slogan against the ‘adamant’ central government.
The Mira Bhayandar City District Congress Committee, headed by newly appointed District President Pramod Samant, staged a protest in front of the Upper Tehsildar’s Office. A host of Congress leaders, including Congress Group leader Zubair Inamdar, DCC Vice President Keshlal Yadav, Youth President Deep Kakade, Spokesperson Prakash Nagane, Corporator Merlyn D’Sa and Block President Faizullah Shaikh etc were present with Samant while demanding postponement of the JEE and NEET (Engineering and Medical) entrance tests for the safety of students because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What they say
“We are protesting for postponing the exams as it is a matter of life and death. The spread of the virus is surging with every passing day and we are yet to reach the peak. The centre will have to roll back its decision. This decision has jeopardised the lives of the students and their families. How the students supposed to travel to their designated examination centres? When there are more cases, how can your children come from those areas?” asked Mr Samant.
“The idea requires laborious efforts and materialisation of time. I believe that the government will listen to our demands. Many big events have postponed, across the globe. So, the Government can postpone these exams also. The government should not act stubborn and should listen to our request. If we keep raising the matter, Centre will have to consider the demands of people and postpone the examinations,” said Zubair Inamdar.
“Congress Party has organised a three-day signature campaign from August 28 to 30 at every nook and corners of Mira Bhayandar. We will collect the sentiments of the citizens for students’ support. We will wake up this government from the slumber,” said Deep Kakade.
Congress delegation submitted a letter to Upper Tehsildar in this regards.
In this agitation, corporators Rajiv Mehra, Ashraf Shaikh, senior leader Dr Narendra Patil, ex-corporator Farid Qureshi, Rakesh Rajpurohit, Sanjeev Chauhan, Umesh Yadav, Vincent Vaz, Hamza Shaikh, Farooq Allatur, along with party district, block, cell office bearers, women, college students participated in large numbers.
The government has scheduled to conduct NEET on September 13. While, the JEE Main examinations are scheduled to be conducted between September 1- 6.