New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday while speaking at the launch of a book ‘Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution’ written by Shankkar Aiyar stated that after assuming the role of Opposition in Parliament Congress changed its position in Aadhaar legislation. He added that the previous UPA regime had different views on Aadhaar.
Also, the initial legislation related to Aadhaar during the UPA regime was a “bald” one, Mr Jaitley said.
The finance minister recalled that Nandan Nilekani gave a “forceful and persuasive” presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who decided to go ahead with it, soon after the NDA government came to power.
He further said that when the present government decided to go ahead with Aadhaar, the UPA, now in Opposition, almost made it clear that they were opposed to this idea.