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Rivals unite for Aadhaar

Calcutta, Dec. 2: The Trinamul Congress and the Left today passed a government resolution that called for de-linking Aadhaar cards from the Centre’s direct benefit transfer scheme on domestic LPG cylinders.

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

“We are happy they accepted it (the amendment),” Mishra said after the resolution was unanimously passed.

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

The other amendment sought to insert in the resolution the words: “because many questions, doubts and controversies surrounding Aadhaar cards are yet to be settled”.

The chief minister had wanted a government resolution moved after she objected to the direct benefit transfer being launched in three districts before the cards reached many consumers.