Javadekar who retained his portfolio during the recent cabinet rejig, is also the incharge of BJP affairs in Karnataka, the only state that his party ruled some time ago. He said, “Our workers and people are enthused. We have a concrete plan of action. People are with BJP. They want to throw out this anti-democracy, anti-people and anti-farmer government led by Siddaramaiah lock, stock and barrel”.
Javadekar further said that people were waiting to utilise the opportunity to exercise their right to vote next April and bring about the desired change of guard in the state.
On the brewing discontent among North Karnataka MPs over not getting an entry into the Union Cabinet, Javadekar, who has been holding talks with State BJP leaders, said, “We will give Karnataka good governance and best days again. On the very first day, we have had an intensive interaction for nearly six hours.”
Javadekar declined to comment when asked for his comment on anti-NEET protests over a Dalit medical aspirant’s death in Tamil Nadu, saying it was an issue which has been decided by the Supreme Court.
“National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) is an issue which has been decided by the Supreme Court and therefore, I will not make any comments,” he said. Protests erupted soon after 17-year-old Anitha, daughter of a daily wage earner, allegedly hanged herself at her house in Ariyalur district.
She was reportedly upset after it became known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses.
The Supreme Court had last month asked the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling for admissions to MBBS and BDS seats in the state based on the NEET merit list. It had given the directive after the Centre told the court that it was not in favour of a recent ordinance passed by the State to exempt it from NEET this year.