Subramanian Swamy hopes SC will 'strike down' Aadhar

Subramanian Swamy hopes SC will 'strike down' Aadhar
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday hit out at the compulsory Aadhaar, saying it was a threat to country's "national security". The Rajya Sabha MP tweeted that he would soon write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hoped that the Supreme Court will "strike it down".

A day ago, the Supreme Court had said that a Constitution bench will start hearing from November last week a batch of petitions challenging the Modi government’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing several services and benefits of welfare schemes. About 50 schemes have so far been linked with Aadhaar, with the government now making it compulsory to seed it with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers.

Swamy has been constantly demanding that Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) promoted Aadhaar numbering scheme should be scrapped. He had questioned the use of software prepared by foreign companies for biometric identification of Indians ever since it was conceived during the previous Congress-led UPA regime. Swamy earlier had also publicly expressed his surprise over BJP changing its stand, from opposing to coming in support of Aadhaar after coming to power in 2014.

In the past, he had stated that a study conducted by IIM Ahmedabad had found the Aadhaar “the most useless” scheme and the Standing Committee of Parliament on Finance too had concurred with the view.

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