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Aadhaar ache unites rivals

Calcutta, Dec. 2: The Trinamul Congress today passed a government resolution with support from the Left against the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for subsidy on domestic LPG cylinders.

The Congress today continued its boycott of the Assembly, but Left MLAs supported the resolution after one of two amendments moved by leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra was accepted by parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee.

Mishra had moved two amendments, but the first was turned down by Speaker Biman Banerjee.

The other amendment sought to insert: “jehetu aadhaar card niye bohu prashna, sanshay bitarker nishpatti hoyni (because many questions, doubts and controversies surrounding Aadhaar cards are yet to be settled)”.

Left chairman Biman Bose had earlier said not possessing Aadhaar cards could not be a ground for denying subsidy on LPG, a stand Mamata Banerjee had taken.

The Supreme Court has also ruled that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory for subsidy on domestic LPG. The case is on in the apex court.

Sources said the chief minister wanted a government resolution against the Centre’s scheme passed in the Assembly as she objected to the direct benefit transfer plan a day after it was launched in Calcutta, Howrah and Cooch Behar. The scheme has been put on hold in Howrah and Calcutta.

Asked about the resolution, minister Chatterjee said: “We want to send a message to the Centre that the decision to link the two has shocked us as it is anti-people and should be immediately withdrawn.”

Trinamul stay order

The Trinamul leadership has asked party MLAs from districts except Howrah and the two Parganas to stay in their constituencies on December 6, keeping in mind law-and-order problems that may erupt on the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.

The absence of Trinamul MLAs will mean around 100 empty treasury benches on the day President Pranab Mukherjee will address the valedictory session of the closing ceremony to mark the Bengal Assembly’s 75 years.

The Opposition Left and the Congress are mulling a boycott of the three-day session, which could mean the absence of 100 more legislators.