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Congress leader challenges Aadhaar-voter identity card linking

The controversial law linking Aadhaar and voter ID has been challenged in the Supreme Court, with Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala seeking its repeal.

Surjewala Petition claims the law is unconstitutional

In the petition, Surjewala has called the law unconstitutional and a violation of the right to privacy and the right to equality.

Supreme Court to hear petition tomorrow

The court will hear the matter on Monday. A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud will hear the matter. It is worth noting that there has been continuous criticism from the opposition parties.

Opposition parties have been saying that there are many flaws in the Aadhaar system in the country right now, if they are linked with the voter ID card, then the poor voters will suffer the most.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra had said in May that it would be voluntary for voters to share Aadhaar details, but those who did not would have to give “adequate reasons”.

Apart from the Congress, MK Stalin’s DMK, Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and the BSP has opposed the new laws. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien was suspended after he was accused of throwing a rule book on the Rajya Sabha chair during the protest against the bill.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said on this issue that Aadhaar was not a citizenship but a proof of residence. “If you are asking a voter for an Aadhaar card, all you get is a document that shows residence. You are potentially giving voting rights to non-citizens,” he said.

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