New Delhi, January 7: The Congress party on Sunday accused the NDA government of destroying the Aadhaar programme and termed the FIR against The Tribune and its reporter as “unfortunate”. The Congress leader alleged that the government had a “dictatorial” tendencies, and alleged that the NDA has been silencing every voice of dissent. Also Read - Congress Decides to Postpone Party President Election Due to Pandemic

“The NDA government is acting like a dictatorship. Whenever intellectuals and the media tries to point out problems, the government files FIRs against them. This is the parochial mindset of government,” Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza said. Also Read - Deploy Resources in Saving Lives Instead of Building PM's New House: Priyanka Gandhi

Oza went ahead and slammed the Narendra Modi government, Oza said, “Instead of helping the poor, it has become a tool of spying and surveillance.” Also Read - Titabar Election Result 2021: Cong's Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah Wins

“The UIADA was created to help the poor to enjoy benefits of various government schemes,” Oza said while criticising the present dispensation for trying to link everything with the Aadhaar programme.

The Congress leader also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing his stance on the programme, digging out a 2014 tweet in which he brought up possible security issues with the biometric programme when the UPA was in power.

After a January 3 news report by The Tribune over a breach in Aadhaar data with a headline “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details”, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has registered an FIR against the newspaper and reporter Rachna Khaira.

The Congress party said it was Narendra Modi government’s “arrogance of power” at its worst and their intention on privacy was thoroughly exposed.

“Intent and Intentions of Modi government on privacy were thoroughly exposed when it had proclaimed that no citizen can have an absolute right over his/her body,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Twitter.

“In Supreme Court, Modi government had accepted Aadhaar data leak! Now instead of investigating, an evasive Modiji shoots the messenger!” he added.

Earlier, he tweeted: “Shoot the messenger, Ignore the message! This typifies the culture and character of BJP government.

“FIR against The Tribune reporter is arrogance of power at its worst,” said Surjewala. He also said: “Every Indian must condemn this mindless act of Modi government and UIDAI.”