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Mayawati against identity proof

Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati on joined her counterpart in Bihar in slamming the move to make identity proof mandatory for denizens in the capital.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2008 18:22 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on joined her counterpart in Bihar in slamming the move to make identity proof mandatory for denizens in the capital and said it was against the interest of people from UP and Bihar.

She told a press conference in the capital that she had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh protesting against the decision which was "anti-poor" and "anti-people" apart from being "unconstitutional".

"This looks like a follow-up to the Delhi Chief Minister's comments that migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh being a burden on the capital," she said.

Mayawati's comments came almost simultaneously with Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna's u-turn on the matter. He said carrying of ID proof by the denizens would not be mandatory.

The Lt Governor had on January four announced that he had given an order to Delhi Police for random checking of denizens for possession of photo-ID cards starting from January 15 in view of enhanced terror threats.

The chief minister said that it was the poor and downtrodden in Delhi who are among the supporters of BSP and the move might be aimed at targeting them.

"Instead of trying to invoke such measures, the government should try and improve the policing to make the capital safer," she said.

People in this country have a right to settle wherever they want, she added.

"I have asked the Prime Minister to take back this order," the BSP supremo said.