Article 370 ‘Scrapped’ Live Updates: By diluting the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fulfilled its election promise.
With the Centre’s decision, political disagreement has also taken centrestage, experts have raised questions on the legality of the move. While senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said history will prove the BJP wrong, TMC’s Derek O’Brien called it a “dark day” for parliamentary democracy, federalism and the Constitution.
With mobile communication and Internet services suspended and public movement restricted, all of the Kashmir Valley was in a state of lockdown from midnight Sunday. On Monday night, former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were arrested along with People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone.
The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh was passed with a two-thirds majority of the members present in Rajya Sabha. Two PDP MPs Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Law had protested against the government’s decision in Rajya Sabha. In Lok Sabha, the statutory resolution scrapping the special status was passed by a voice vote in the evening. The bifurcation Bill will be taken up in Lok Sabha Tuesday. With special provisions gone, Indian laws will now apply to the newly created Union Territories.
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