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Kolkata: The Left trade unions have demanded the postponement of upcoming Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) as one of the exam dates clashes with their proposed nation-wide strike on 8-9 January.

JEE Main first attempt exams are to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on 9, 10, 11 and, 12 January. JEE is meant for admission to undergraduate courses in NITs, IIITs and, other Centre-funded technical institutes all over India.

During a news conference in Kolkata on Thursday by leaders of Left trade unions, CITU’s state general secretary Anandi Sahu said that they are writing to the NTA to defer the JEE in view of the proposed strike.

“We are also writing to authorities of all universities and education boards to rescheduled exams if those clash with the strike days of 8 and 9 January. Postponement of exams has been done in the past and, there should not be a major issue in doing so this time as well,” he said.

Several Left trade unions have called for the nationwide 48-hour strike opposing the “anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the BJP-led NDA government.”

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due in mid this year, the strike is going to be a major showdown between BJP and the Left political forces.