Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and posted that Aadhaar was used by Congress as an instrument of empowerment.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday responded to Supreme Court's verdict on Aadhaar act. Rahul Gandhi thanked the apex court for standing by Congress and supporting the party's vision on Aadhaar.
The Congress chief took to Twitter and said that Adhaar was used as an instrument of empowerment by Congress. He went on to say that the ruling party used Adhaar as a tool of oppression and surveillance.
Gandhi expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court for protecting India.
"For Congress, Aadhaar was an instrument of empowerment. For the BJP, Aadhaar is a tool of oppression and surveillance. Thank you Supreme Court for supporting the Congress vision and protecting India," he said on Twitter.
For Congress, Aadhaar was an instrument of empowerment.
For the BJP, Aadhaar is a tool of oppression and surveillance.
Thank you Supreme Court for supporting the Congress vision and protecting . #AadhaarVerdict
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 26, 2018
The apex court in its verdict declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid, but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that while Aadhaar would remain mandatory for filing of IT returns and allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN), it would not be mandatory to link Aadhaar to bank accounts and the telecom service providers cannot seek its linking for mobile connections.
It would not be mandatory for school admissions, as also for the examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
(With PTI Inputs)