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Jammu and Kashmir News highlights: Reorganisation Bill gets Parliament nod

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Highlights: With special provisions gone, Indian laws will now apply to the newly created Union Territories.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 7, 2019 7:10:20 am
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Jammu and Kashmir News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the “momentous decision” in the Lok Sabha which passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. The bill seeks to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The Parliament also passed the resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Taking to Twitter, Modi said “for years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles.” Follow Parliament updates here

The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 seeks to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh. It was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha.

Moving the resolution in the Lok Sabha today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. We can die for it.” Meanwhile, the Opposition also questioned the absence of Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah — who were arrested on Monday night. In Jammu and Kashmir, mobile communication and Internet services remain suspended. In an interview to NDTV, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was like “your body was being carved.”

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Jammu and Kashmir HIGHLIGHTS: Parliament approved a resolution revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.

22:17 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Watch: Former deputy CM removes J&K flag from his vehicle

Former deputy CM Nirmal Singh removed the flag of Jammu and Kashmir from his vehicle on Tuesday after the Lok Sabha passed the resolution revoking portions of Article 370.

21:59 (IST)06 Aug 2019
DMK calls all-party meeting on Saturday

DMK President MK Stalin has called for an all-party meeting on Saturday, August 10 to discuss the next course of action regarding the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament, today.

21:32 (IST)06 Aug 2019
CWC meeting underway as Congress split on J&K bifurcation

A Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi and is likely to discuss the Kashmir issue, party sources said.  The meeting comes in the wake of the government's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress appears divided on the issue, with party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora among others supporting the government even as the party opposed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in both houses of Parliament. 

20:50 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Confident that now people from Ladakh, J&K will participate in India's development: Amit Shah
20:13 (IST)06 Aug 2019
J&K now free from shackles of those with vested interests, new dawn awaits: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the "momentous decision" in the Lok Sabha which passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisaton Bill. Taking to Twitter, Modi said he salutes "my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience," adding that "for years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!"

"The passage of key Bills pertaining to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel, who worked for India’s unity, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose views are well known and Dr. SP Mookerjee who devoted his life for India’s unity and integrity," he said.

20:03 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Was waiting to see this day in my lifetime: Sushma Swaraj congratulates Modi on Article 370

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hailed the government's decision to revoke certain provisions of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. "Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime," she tweeted.

19:39 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Bill to divide J&K into two Union Territories passed in Lok Sabha

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which seeks to divide the state into two Union Territories.

18:59 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Jyotiraditya Scindia says support bill to bifurcate J&K

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Tuesday he supported the government's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories. Taking to Twitter, Scindia said "I support the move on Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this."

18:48 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Plan to approach UNSC, will fight it at every forum: Pakistan PM on Kashmir issue

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told the joint sitting of Parliament that Islamabad is considering approaching the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the Kashmir issue. The joint sitting of Pakistan Parliament was called to discuss the country’s future course of action after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Read more here

17:59 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Did you speak on human rights violation in PoK: Law minister slams Oppn on Article 370

Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha: "Today the people from the opposition who are talking about Article 370, did they speak when Human Rights were being violated in Pakistan occupied Kashmir? Even today Human Rights are violated in PoK. These are bigger questions."

17:31 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Unprecedented horror in Kashmir: Shah Faesal

J&K People's Party Movement's chief Shah Faesal described the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir as "unprecedented horror".
"Everyone is heartbroken. A sense of defeat written on every face. Fall. From citizens to subjects. History has taken a catastrophic turn for all of us.
People are numb. A people whose land, identity, history, was stolen, in broad day light," he said.

17:09 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Goa minister says will buy land in proposed UT of Kashmir

A day after the Centre withdrew the special status of Kashmir by rendering the Article 370 inoperative, Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo on Tuesday said he would buy land for constructing his house in Kashmir, where he intends to stay after retiring from politics.

Lobo was speaking in the Legislative Assembly during the motion congratulating the Union government for its "historic" decision on Jammu and Kashmir through which the state has been reorganised into two Union Territories (UTs).

"I am planning to buy land in Kashmir. I want to build a house there. I will invite all my legislator friends there," the BJP MLA said. (PTI)

17:06 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Modi, Shah earn place in history: Jaitley on Article 370 move

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created history with his clarity and determination on the Kashmir issue, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday, asserting that the vision of party's ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee has proved correct and that of Jawaharlal Nehru a "failure".

In a blog following the government's move to revoke provisions of Article 370 giving Jammu and Kashmir a special status, he took a dig at the Congress over its opposition to the exercise. He termed it a "headless chicken" and said its leadership is determined to succeed in its race to the bottom.

16:48 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Kashmiri political leaders jailed, will allow terrorists to fill leadership vacuum: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to oppose the arrest of mainstream Kashmiri political leaders. "Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic. It is also short-sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vacuum created by the government. The imprisoned leaders must be released."

16:44 (IST)06 Aug 2019
If Farooq Abdullah doesn’t want to come to LS, can’t bring him here at gunpoint, says Shah in Lok Sabha

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reiterated that National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah was not detained and did not come to the proceedings in the Lok Sabha on his own free will. "I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum (he is fine. if he doesn't want to come to LS, I can't bring him here at gunpoint)."

15:44 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Like your body being carved: Farooq Abdullah on Kashmir

Speaking on the government's move to revoke the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir by modifying Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into union territories, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah told NDTV it was like "your body was being carved", adding "we will not give in". He said he last saw his son and NC leader Omar Abdullah last night before his arrest.  Read here

Abdullah denied Amit Shah's claims that he was neither arrested nor detained and was at his home on his own free will.

15:31 (IST)06 Aug 2019
What about PoK? Akhilesh Yadav asks govt on Kashmir bill

During discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said: "We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Government should answer this."

Follow Parliament LIVE updates here

14:51 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Farooq Abdullah not detained, at home on his own will: Amit Shah

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah is neither detained nor arrested, Home Minister Amit Shah clarified in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. He is at
his home of his own will, he said. 

14:45 (IST)06 Aug 2019
UN urges India, Pak to 'exercise restraint' as it follows Kashmir issue 'with concern'

UN chief Antonio Guterres has said he was following "with concern" the tense situation in the India-Pakistan region after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the two neighbours to exercise restraint.

The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Rajya Sabha approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state.

"We are following with concern the tense situation in the region... We urge all parties to exercise restraint," Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told a press briefing here on Monday. (PTI)

14:03 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Article 370 promoted 'disharmony', needed to be changed: Syama Prasad nephew

The nephew of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee said on Tuesday that the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution was "promoting disharmony" among the people and needed to be changed. "Separate provisions of Article 370 is promoting and harbouring disharmony among people. So it was necessary to change it," Mookerjee told PTI

J&K leaders at the all-party meet, Sunday. (Photo: Twitter @JKNC)

Earlier Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is reported to have met with top security officials -- including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba -- and is believed to have discussed the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Nagaland Governor R N Ravi was also seen leaving the Home Minister’s office. It was not known whether he had a separate meeting with the minister or was part of the internal security meeting, where the NSA was present.

Late evening on Sunday, after an all-party meeting which he presided at his residence, former chief minister and National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah said, “The modification, abrogation of Article 35A, 370 and unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the State would be an aggression against the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh… All parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever.”

Read | Jammu and Kashmir: Govt looks at land laws to dilute Article 35A

He said the leaders have sought an audience with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “apprise them of the current situation”.

The meeting, held at Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar, was attended by, among others, NC’s Omar Abdullah, PDP’s Muzaffar Hussain Beig, and J&K People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone, IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal, Congress leader Taj Mohideen and CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami.

Editorial | Once again Centre sends message to Valley: It alone will decide, give no explanations

On Friday, an order was issued by the Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, to tourists and Amarnath yatris in the state advising them to “curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible”.

Besides this, the state administration also suspended the Machail Mata pilgrimage on Saturday in a series of measures that have led to at least six countries issuing advisories against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir.

Read | Kashmir clampdown: Cabinet today, Amit Shah, top officials hold talks

On Sunday, a large number of migrant labourers left Kashmir. A huge rush was witnessed at the Srinagar railway station, where labourers lined up for trains.

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