BJP for multi-purpose ID-cards for all Indians

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (UNI) Claiming that Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna's ID card proposal would result in largescale corruption, the Delhi BJP today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to start a campaign to issue multi-purpose ID-Cards to all Indian citizens In a letter written to the Prime Minister, BJP Delhi Pradesh chief Harsh Vardhan demanded that a campaign be started to issue multipurpose ID-Cards to all Indian citizens.

He, however, said all care should be taken to avoid harassment of the citizens of Delhi or any other state.

Dr Vardhan was reacting to the January four announcement by the Governor, making it mandatory for all residents of Delhi to carry ID-cards.

He said the proposal was fraught with several constitutional, legal and civil difficulties. ''Even today about 40 lakh workers living in Delhi do not have ID-Cards. The same is the condition of the unorganised workers and farmers of the country. Only 70 lakh voters of Delhi have been issued ID-Cards. In this situation, the requirement of keeping ID-Cards will only result in corruption.'' It would also affect the vision of the NCR, he added.

He also claimed that more than five lakh Bangladeshis were living illegally in the Capital with the ''connivance of the Sheila Dikshit government and the Delhi Police''.

''These people are involved in terrorist and criminal incidents in Delhi. Despite the categorical orders of the High Court, they have not been driven out of the capital,'' he said.

Flaying the UPA government's ''soft and lax'' policies, Dr Vardhan said decisions like abolishing POTA, minority appeasement and delay in Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's execution were encouraging terrorism in the country.

The morale of the terrorists is so high that they are attacking the camps of security forces and snatching arms from them.

Dr Vardhan demanded that the Prime Minister call back the file related to Guru's mercy petition and ensure that he was hanged at the earliest.


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