JD(U) demandes sacking of Delhi LG for ID order

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (UNI) Describing over Lt Governor Tajender Khanna's order on Photo ID card in Delhi as 'anti-people and anti-constitutional', Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav today demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sack the LG and repeal the order, threatening to launch an agitation against it.

Mr Yadav told reporters here that the order would only lead to police harassing the people, especially those from weaker sections, and extract money from them. This would impact poor people coming from Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhatisgarh and other parts of the country to earn their livelihood.

''How can a person holding such a high post be so ignorant about the Indian Constitution, which allows all Indian citizens to move around or settle in any part of the Country?'', he said and asked the Prime Minister to sack such a person from the post of LG of Delhi, who has taken oath to safeguard the Indian Constitution, but is working against its spirit.

''I ask the Home Minister to instruct Delhi police to ignore this anti-people, anti-Constitution order,'' he said, and threatened to launch a nationwide agitation if the demand was not met.

Regarding the LG's plea that the order has been passed to check the infilteration of terrorists in Delhi, he said: ''Mr Khanna must know that the terrorists are well organised and it was not difficult for them to get a fake I-card and that even a man with less than average IQ in Delhi knows it. But the Lt Governor thinks that he could check them by making possession of photo identity cards mandatory,''. ''This is ridiculous,'' Mr Yadav said.

Moreover, if the government wanted, it could enact more stringent laws to provide security to people under POTA, he suggested. If the government wanted, it could launch ID cards for the entire country and not only for Delhi as it would harm poor people.

Asserting that the Lt Governor has overstepped his jurisdiction by asking traffic police not to honour the driving licenses of other states, he said the policy regarding driving license is governed by the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 enacted by Parliament.


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