Supreme Court okays Aadhaar, all welcome verdict: How BJP, Congress, TMC reacted

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Centres flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid. The top court, however, struck down some of its key provisions which were flashpoints between those who supported it and those who were opposed to it. The crucial sections which were struck down included its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and for school admissions. Reacting to the verdict, various political parties claimed that the verdict was in their favour. Heres how BJP, Congress and TMC reacted on the issue: BJP reaction on Aadhaar Holding a presser soon after the verdict, BJP National spokesperson Sambit Patra described the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar as a big victory for the pro-poor Modi government. He highlighted that the apex court has upheld the constitutional validity of the scheme and asserted that it does not violate privacy. Patra also trained guns at Congress for projecting the verdict as a slap on the face of the ruling party, saying the order has in fact exposed the opposition party. The BJP spokesman said that Congress favoured middlemen, however, Modi government brought Aadhaar to ensure that benefits are given directly to people. We see it as a big victory of the Modi government, the pro-poor Modi government. The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and has also said that it does not violate privacy, Patra said. Congress reaction on Aadhaar The Congress welcomed the verdict terming it a slap on BJPs face. We welcome the Supreme Courts decision to strike down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act. Private entities are no longer allowed to use Aadhaar for verification purposes, the Congress said. Slap on the face of BJP. Justice Sikri judgement strikes down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act, 2016, which says private body corporates can seek Aadhaar data. Says its unconstitutional. All plans to monetise biometric data now fail, he tweeted. Singhvi, himself a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, hailed the move to disallow metadata to be stored in current form. If the information of a persons personal information is sought to be released, he or she shall have an opportunity to be heard, he said. He said that SC brilliantly threw out BJP and PM Narendra Modi accumulated dirty bathwater and saved the baby. Original intent of UPA ie to give identity 2 marginalised ppl now shines (sic), he said. TMC reaction on Aadhaar verdict Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress also hailed the verdict. SC strikes down section 57 of Aadhaar Act, 2016. So you dont need to give your Aadhaar to private bodies like banks, schools, mobile companies. Trinamool and @mamataofficial fought hard for this, the party said in a tweet. Speaking to reporters, senior leader Derek O Brien said that his partys stance has been vindicated. Mamata Banerjee had issued an open challenge on Aadhaar. Our stance has been vindicated. Im glad the SC said what it said. On data privacy and data protection, thats also something we need to take a close look at, so the BJP cant make it into a policed state, he said.