Nitish dashes off missive to PM over ID card issue

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New Delhi, Jan 6 (UNI) Two days after Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna made it mandatory for the citizens of Delhi to carry their identity proof from January 15, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh protesting against the move, saying the decision was aimed against the people of Bihar residing in the national capital.

In a letter to Dr Singh, Mr Kumar said the move was aimed at hiding the failure of police and intelligence machinery in providing security to the denizens of Delhi.

Of late, there have been many unsavoury comments made against the people from Bihar staying in Delhi ignoring their contribution to the economy of the national capital, he rued.

He said that proposal to introduce ID card checking in Delhi was basically aimed at targeting the poor people earning their livelihood there.

Asserting that since the ID card proposal was not meant for the entire country but only for the national capital, he said the exercise smacks of violating the rights of citizens.

Moreover, the Motor Vehicles Act is applicable to the entire country and the government should not demand authentication of driving licences, he added.

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