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Updated: April 13, 2014 03:27 IST

‘NDA will scrap Aadhaar if it gets mandate’

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Ananth Kumar. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
Ananth Kumar. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

Government will also order an investigation into the entire project, says Ananth Kumar

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ananth Kumar on Saturday said the NDA would scrap the “contentious” Aadhaar project if it got a mandate in the Lok Sabha elections.

The government would also order an investigation into the entire project, he said. Quoting party leader Subramanian Swamy, who said that cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act could be booked against the concerned with regard to the project, Mr. Ananth Kumar said the process too would start, maybe through a public interest litigation petition.

Mr. Ananth Kumar was speaking to presspersons here after the party released its “commitment letter” to Bangalore’s development.

Responding to a question on the continuation of Aadhaar, he said the Supreme Court had already directed that the project should not be made mandatory for government schemes.

Citizen Register

The NDA government had made attempts to bring in the National Register of Citizenship and Citizenship Card. While citizenship was based on declaration by the government, Aadhaar was based on domicile for 11 months. The NDA government had also taken up a pilot project of Citizen Register, but the United Progressive Alliance government had shelved it, he charged.

Mr. Ananth Kumar said Aadhaar could be obtained just by proof of residence by anyone. As such, it was a great threat to national security. Also, the agencies involved in Aadhaar registration — L 1 and Accenture — were not Indian companies, and Accenture had been blacklisted in the United States, he said.

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