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Sitaram Yechury attacks Centre for over 'mandatory' Aadhar card

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury today slammed the government on making Aadhaar card mandatory, saying that the Unique Identification scheme is leading to a surveillance state in the country.

"I don't have an Aadhaar card, if you want to make it compulsory, bring a bill. You have a government that doesn't have the courage to come forward and say 'I'm abolishing this Constitution'," Yechury said during a debate over the Finance Bill.

Yechury further stated that there are lakhs of complaints against the scheme and it should be removed soon.

"There are lakhs of complaints against the scheme, and much like the Matrix, an Aadhaar number can just vanish and you won't be a citizen anymore," said Yechury.

Yechury also expressed doubts over how secure the Aadhar data is and which private company can have access to it.

"Who controls this data? Which private company has access?" Yechury said.

Later, Yechury urged that all non-tax matters must be removed from The Finance Bill.

"This House must return this bill to Lok Sabha with serious concern asking for amendments. This is a financial bully, not a bill," said Yechury

Earlier in the day, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal tore into the government for allegedly violating the Supreme Court orders over the use of Aadhar card.

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First Published: Mon, March 27 2017. 23:41 IST