West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Modi government on Wednesday, saying she will not link Aadhaar to her phone number and dared authorities to “disconnect it if they wanted to”.
"Under no circumstances will I link my Aadhaar with my telephone number. If the authorities disconnect my phone, let them do it. It will actually save me a lot of trouble as I won’t have to go through a number of text messages," she had said.
Following this West Bengal government’s moved plea against the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes and this will be taken up in the Supreme Court on October 30.
The plea is listed for hearing before a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan.
Senior advocate and member of parliament Kalyan Banerjee said the petition was filed earlier and would come up for hearing before the bench on October 30. He said West Bengal government has challenged the provision which said that without Aadhaar, the benefits of social welfare schemes would not be extended.
Earlier On October 25, the Centre had told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of various government schemes has been extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number.
Several petitions, challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes and notifications to link it with mobile numbers and bank accounts, are pending in the apex court.