After Court Decision on Aadhaar, Congress Says Modi Misused Public Data

Aadhaar. Photo: Congress
Aadhaar. Photo: Congress

Congress today welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision which stated that Aadhaar linking is not mandatory for bank accounts and mobile phones. Now, it will be needed only for taxpayers to link their Aadhaar identity with PAN.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India. This number serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.

Congress said that PM Narendra Modi was misusing Aadhaar to collect public data and he had created a surveillance state by collecting citizens’ personal details through Aadhaar.

“PM Modi misused public data and created a surveillance state through Aadhaar. Today, he must answer for this violation of our privacy, and ensure we get our data back,” Congress demanded.

Congress added that it welcomes the Supreme Court decision to put an end to Modi government’s illegal distribution of private data. “PM Modi must answer for this breach of privacy and tell the people how he will protect the data his government has already taken from us,” Congress said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that for Congress Aadhaar was an instrument of empowerment, but for Modi’s BJP, it had become a tool of oppression and surveillance.

“Thank you Supreme Court for supporting the Congress vision,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Photo courtesy: Congress

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