UID can be security risk, warns BJP

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday said inclusion of all residents of India in the Unique Identification number (UID) scheme would present a threat to the nation’s security by giving illegal migrants rights of citizens.

“In many parts of India, infiltrators from Bangladesh are there, there are people from Pakistan living in parts, they are not citizens of India, but terror, trouble and destablisation is fermented by them,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“The UID would include all residents, not citizens. So the overlapping between the national population register and UID, who will answer it?” he asked.

The BJP leader said the issue of national security cannot be different from development.

“Can the issue of development be diverse from national security. In many parts, specially in northeast, illegal immigrants have manipulated documents, like ration cards, voter I-cards, and got several rights. If we give them UID, they will say they are citizens of India,” he said.

Nearly 12 crore UID numbers have been issued so far.

IANS