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Aadhaar 'compulsory' weapon of govt to 'disempower' people: Rahul Gandhi

By Deepika

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Wednesday to attack the NDA government over the Aadhaar scheme, dubbing it as a compulsory weapon to "disempower" citizens.'

Rahul Gandhi

"UPA's Aadhaar = A voluntary instrument to empower citizens.

"NDA's Aadhaar = A compulsory weapon to disempower citizens," he tweeted.

Rahul's tweet comes on a day when a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court commenced hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

The Congress, which introduced Aadhaar during UPA rule, is opposing the government's stand that it should be compulsory for receiving the benefits of state-sponsored welfare schemes.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today began hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the government's flagship Aadhaar programme and its enabling Act of 2016.

Concerns have been voiced about the massive data collection process under Aadhaar, which has information about more than a billion Indians, over fears that these could be used for identity theft and surveillance by the government.

OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)

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