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‘Govt collecting students’ data for politics’

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Published : Dec 2, 2018, 1:52 am IST
Updated : Dec 2, 2018, 1:52 am IST

Mr Tiwari asked Mr Kejriwal to explain how the children and their family members will benefit by this process?

Manoj Tiwari
 Manoj Tiwari

New Delhi: Condemning the Delhi government decision to collect voter ID and mobile numbers of family members of schoolchildren in the national capital, Delhi BJP on Saturday alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is collecting data of the students of Delhi schools for political purpose.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said that the doubts about the intensions of the  government in this exercise expressed by the Election Commission is right because the AAP is taking the help of the innocent students for its political gains by indulging in politics.

Mr Tiwari pointed that his party has been opposing this process since September 2018, when the Directorate of Education issued this notification. The Delhi BJP had lodged its objection then and demanded inquiry.

He alleged that AAP is collecting the data of the family members of the students of Delhi schools for political purpose only.

Mr Tiwari mentioned that that in a circular issued in September, the  government had asked all the schools, including public and private schools, to collect data of all the students, their family members and relatives.

By this order, the mobile number, voter identity card and data of educational qualifications were being collected which is prima facie violation of the right to privacy. The Delhi high court had also raised objection to it, according to Mr Tiwari.

“Now the Election Commission has said that collecting data related to the voters is only the right of the Election Commission, no other party can do so. The statement of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on the objections of Election Commission is an attack on the federal system under the constitution,” said Mr Tiwari.

Mr Tiwari asked Mr Kejriwal to explain how the children and their family members will benefit by this process?

“In spite of sufficient information collected at the time of admission, what is the purpose behind collecting private information and the intention of getting it done through a private agency,” Mr Tiwari further asked.

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