While lakhs of students and parents across India are deeply worried about health and safety on account of Central government's decision to conduct JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 as scheduled in September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is treating this issue as an 'ego and a prestige issue' and as a 'political war' between BJP and Opposition parties and Modi wants to gain an upper hand in this 'political war'.
This was revealed by none other than BJP's own Rajya Sabha member and veteran politician Subramanian Swamy.
Subramanian Swamy tweeted, "Monday is a crucial day.If CMs had not intervened I would have tried to meet PM and take one last chance. I cannot do so now because for Modi, the CMs intervention has made it a prestige issue. So it is now CMs and SC’s responsibility to take it to its logical end.
His tweet clearly indicates that Modi is treating this entire JEE Main, NEET postponement episode as an 'ego and a prestige issue' and he wants to gain an upper hand over CMs of Opposition-ruled states by conducting JEE Main, NEET as scheduled in September and not succumb to the pressure exerted by the CMs of Opposition-ruled states.
However, Swamy has also suggested a 'better idea' for CMs of Opposition-ruled states over what they can do to stall NEET, JEE Main exams even if Modi wants to conduct these exams. Swamy asked Opposition CMs to used "State Disaster Management Act" as a weapon to halt NEET, JEE Main.
Swamy tweeted, "What CMs can do is to use the Disaster Management Act and say that the State cannot jeopardise the Coronavirus situation by having a mass exodus to examination centres of students and parents. It is risk prone. According to estimates 8% of them can get infected by the virus,"
Better CMs of Opposition parties follow Swamy's advice and stall the exam.
It may be recalled that six states ruled by Opposition parties have moved Supreme Court seeking postponement of NEET, JEE Main exams on Friday, August 28, 2020. The case is now pending with the Supreme Court.