Centre introduces Bill to link voter ID with Aadhaar Cards; Opposition Reacts

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijuju (in pic)

New Delhi: The Central government has introduced the Election Laws (Amendment Bill) 2021. In Lok Sabha today, the bill will link voter identity and Aadhaar cards in coming times.
The bill was introduced by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Rijuju rejected Opposition MPs’ statements that the Bill would violate the fundamental rights of citizens, clarified that the Amendment is meant to stop bogus and fraudulent voting and enhance the electoral system. Whereas, opposition Continued to protest against the suspension of 12 MPs and the Lakhimpur Kheri Incident.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury reacted and said, “The Bill is outside the legislative competence of the House as it violates the limits on legislation set by the Supreme Court in its judgment (Puttaswamy vs Union of India),”
Another MP Manish Tiwari added, “The linking of voter IDs and Aadhaar violates the fundamental right to privacy as defined by the Supreme Court in the judgment.”
The main slogan of the opposition while the introduction was that it will violate Privacy Issues.

The Union Minister clarified, “the Bill aims to ‘curb the racket of multiple enrolments of the same person in different places”. The qualifying dates concerning the preparation or revision of electoral rolls will be the first days of January, April, July, and October once the Bill becomes an act. “


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