“Jammu and Kashmir to be a Union Territory with Legislature”
“Ladakh to be another Union Territory without Legislature”
“The President, on the recommendation of Parliament, is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative... ,” the resolution stated
The decision to take away the State’s Special Status and treat it like any other State in the country is aimed at ending the decades old separatist movement
THE Government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the State be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold decision that seeks to tackle head-on the vexatious 72-year-old problem wracking the soul of the nation. Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, fulfilling the electoral promise of the BJP.
While it sent a wave of jubilation among Government supporters and others, it also provoked outrage from the NC and the PDP, the principal political parties in J&K. Unprecedented in its political courage, the decision to take away the State’s Special Status and treat it like any other in the country is aimed at the ending the decades old separatist movement. As Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable, there were also fears that the Government’s decisions would change the demographic profile. According to the resolution moved by the Home Minister, Article 370 ceases to be operative from Monday itself. “The President on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative... ,” the resolution stated.
Shah also moved a Bill proposing bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. Shah, who introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill, said the Union Territory in Ladakh will have no Legislature like Chandigarh. The other Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a Legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.
The announcement, capping days of uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, led to an uproar, in the House and outside it too. Union Cabinet meets at PM’s residence before announcement in Parlt: Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met here on Monday, amidst speculation that the Government may take some decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were the first to reach the Prime Minister’s residence, where the meeting is taking place, officials said. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, the country’s highest decision making body, and another meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs are also expected to be held separately, they said.
RS approves resolution on J&K
The Bill to bifurcate the State was approved by 125 votes in favour and 61 against it. One member abstained
RAJYA Sabha on Monday approved a resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a Bill to bifurcate the State into two union territories with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the State. Allaying Opposition fears of all hell breaking loose after the move, Shah replying, “nothing will happen” and it won’t be allowed to turn into another battle torn Kosovo. “It was heaven on earth and will remain so,” he said replying to the debate on the resolution and the Bill which were taken up together.
He said full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at “appropriate time” and after “normalcy” returns. The Bill provides for bifurcation of the State into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “Article 370 is biggest hurdle to normalcy in the State,” he said adding his Government was committed to making Jammu and Kashmir the most developed State in the country. Terrorism, he said, cannot be eliminated from the State until Article 370 and 35A are in existence.
The two articles of the Constitution, which give Jammu and Kashmir a special status and does not allow all laws of India to be applicable to the State, have hindered development and breeded corruption, he said. Shah said rule of three families in the State during their 70 years since independence did not allow democracy to percolate and it breeded corruption. Article 370 ruined Jammu and Kashmir and is responsible for poverty in the State, he said.
Article 370, he said, was a temporary provision and how long can a temporary provision be allowed to continue. Rajya Sabha approved a Bill to extend 10 pc reservation to economically weaker sections in the State as well as the resolution on abrogating Article 370 by voice vote. TMC, which vehemently opposed the resolution, walked out before Shah began to reply to the debate on it. However, the Bill to bifurcate the State was approved by 125 votes in favour and 61 against it. One member abstained. Opposition BSP, BJD, AIADMK and YSR-Congress voted in favour of the Bill.
Bill to be moved in Lok Sabha today
HOME Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha for bringing a Bill to reorganise the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Moving the resolution following the President’s order abrogating Article 370, Shah sought the permission of the House to bring the Bill. He assured the Opposition members that he would move the Bill and the resolution for consideration of the House on Tuesday and was only seeking the permission of the House for the same now. “I will move the Bill for consideration and passage on Tuesday. The Opposition can have detailed discussion on the same. I am ready to give the reply,” he told the House.