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Our fundamental identity is that we are the citizen of India: Sibal argues on Aadhaar

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Senior Advocate, Kapil Sibal (File Photo)

Supreme Court of India on Tuesday resumed the hearing of plea challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal started the arguments with the identity taken by face, iris, and fingerprints.

He further informed the apex court about the foreign situations in which the government took all the information only for 10 years.

Kapil Sibal recited right to privacy judgment and laid down two points
1 My identity cannot be made a public identity
2 My identity is not centralized

He stated,”How can only on the basis of Aadhar our passport, medical facilities etc can be rejected, the state cannot choose how to prove our citizenship.”

Adding that our fundamental identity is that we are the citizen of India, Sibal claimed,”Identity can be established only by way of authentication,
such power is an infringement of article 19(1),20.”

Sibal told proof of identity through Aadhar is most restrive way so it is violative of the principle of proportionality.

He also said,”If Aadhar is made mandatory such a wide power will be given to the state in respect of when and where an individual will choose to travel, open account, live, go etc.”

Proof of identity as a citizen is my choice, not the state so why such unreasonable procedure should be adopted, submits Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal

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AAP will Support Congress if Next PM is From Grand Old Party: Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Openly announcing support for Rahul Gandhi in 2019, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the party would extend support to the grand old party as there is much likelihood that the next Prime Minister would be from the Congress .

“Abhi bahar mujhse koi keh raha tha ki log keh rahe hain ki Congress ko vote isliye denge kyunki Pradhanmantri unka banega, hum ye keh rahe hain ki agar Pradhanmantri unka hi bana toh hum bhi usey support kar denge,” Khan said indicating that 2019 is Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

The major statement by AAP’s Amanatullah Khan was made in the presence of Chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Waqf Board meeting.

The chairman of the board, urged the Imams of the city mosques to support the AAP and said, “People are saying they will vote for the Congress because the next prime minister will be from that party.

Muslim voters should elect AAP in Delhi and if Congress wins at the Centre, “it will draw our support”, he said.

Kejriwal also said that his party will support anyone except Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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INA veterans to march in Republic day parade

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Marching Contingent on Rajpath during Republic Day Parade 2018

New Delhi, Jan 23 : For the first time, four veterans from the Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose will take part in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath.

The move is considered as an unprecedented honor for freedom fighters and the acknowlegmentof the contribution of INA in the Indian independence

According to the report, the veterans- Parmanand, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal. The four are aged 95 plus.
The four veterans, who fought World War II, will be seated in jeeps that will march past Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

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Piyush Goyal given temporary charge of Finance

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New Delhi, Jan 23 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given charge of Finance Ministry in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in the US for medical treatment, apparently ruling out his recuperation in time for the interim budget to be presented on February 1.

Goyal will hold the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs on a temporary basis till the resumption of duties by Jaitley, who has now been made a Minister without portfolio, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said.

Jaitley (66) had a kidney transplant in May last year and then too Goyal was put in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs,” the communique said.

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