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Lok sabha approves “Election Laws (Amendment) Bill” amid massive protest; here’s all detail

The Lok Sabha ratified changes to the electoral rules today, allowing the Aadhaar card to be linked to the voter I-card, despite significant opposition protests against the “Election Laws (Amendment) Bill.” The decision to allow the seeding of the Aadhaar card with one’s voter ID or electoral card, according to opposition parties, could lead to more non-citizens voting in the country.

“Aadhaar was designed to serve as proof of residency rather than citizenship. If you ask for an Aadhar card for a voter, all you receive is a document that shows their current address. You’re potentially granting non-citizens the right to vote “Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP, stated in the Lok Sabha.

“Voting is a constitutional right. The linking of Aadhaar with voter ID is incorrect “Manish Tewari, another Congress leader, agreed.

Saugato Roy, a leader of the Trinamool Congress, pointed out that the government issues Aadhaar cards to all individuals, saying: “The federal government meddles in the election process. This is a bill that I detest.”

Opposition MPs expressed their opposition to the proposed electoral reforms against the backdrop of their colleagues’ constant yelling for Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s dismissal amid charges that his son ran over farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

The government dismissed the opposition’s concerns as misguided and without merit.

“The administration wants to put an end to phony and illegitimate voting. The opposition should back the administration in such a move “Kiren Rijiju, a Union Minister, suggested as much.

The house was adjourned for around two hours as the debates and slogan-shouting persisted.

Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of the AIMIM and a member of the Hyderabad Municipal Council, believes that linking Aadhaar cards to voter IDs is a grave error.

“This will erode democracy as well as citizens’ rights. Aadhaar cards have around 8% anomalies, and electoral lists have around 3% to 4% mistakes. If this Bill is passed, a big number of people will lose their ability to vote in this country, “Mr. Owaisi stated to NDTV. Mallikarjun Kharge, a Congress leader and the Rajya Sabha’s Leader of Opposition, told NDTV that the Bill should be submitted to the Standing Committee for additional consultation and consideration with key stakeholders.

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