Exams must take place on strike day, Mamata govt orders; examinees in a soup

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Kolkata, April 30: The Mamata Banerjee government of West Bengal has asked all state universities to go ahead with the scheduled examinations unlike what it was decided earlier, putting the candidates and their families in serious problem. [In pics: Transport has little effect in IT Capital Bengaluru]

How to reach the examination venue on a day of strike, the examinees and their families were wondering. [Bandh affects Bengal partially]


On April 28, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government said in an order that all government departments and institutions backed by it would have to be opened on Thursday. All employees were asked to be present on the day. The state institutes didn't take the risk of defying the orders except Visva Bharati, which is a central university.

But will the universities take responsibility for any candidate who fails to reach the venue because of problems on the roads? None of them have clarified. Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said he would move the court if those candidates who failed to take the examination were not allowed to take them.

Mishra said Chief Minister Mamata Banejee postponed the Joint Entrance examination because of the civic polls but now she is firm on holding the exams on a strike day.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said those who have called the strike can only tell how the candidates will reach the venues.

The Left and the BJP have called the strike against the ruling party's alleged indulgence in violence in the recent civic polls which it swept.

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