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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Bill to divide J&K into two Union Territories passed in Lok Sabha

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The Bill 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, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2019 9:39:41 pm
Amit Shah, Article 370 Amit Shah said he was ‘ready to die for Kashmir’.

Parliament Live Updates: 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.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government moved the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha to bifurcate the state into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh.

Besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in the Lower House of Parliament. Both the bills were cleared by Rajya Sabha on Monday.

EXPRESS EDIT/OPINION | Edit: Rupture in history, stitching a future | PB Mehta writes: Blood and betrayal | Ram Madhav writes: Correcting a historic blunder | Manish Sabharwal writes: For Naya Kashmir | Imad Ul Riyaz writes: We are just at the beginning | C. Raja Mohan writes: Possibilities in the Northwest

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J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019 and J&K Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be tabled in Lok Sabha. Follow HIGHLIGHTS from Parliament here

21:06 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.

19:54 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Amit Shah proposes to revoke the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill

Amit Shah proposes to revoke the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill.

19:27 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Resolution revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir passed in Lok Sabha

Resolution revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir passed in Lok Sabha.

19:20 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which seeks to divide the state into two Union Territories. Besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in the Lower House of Parliament. Both the bills were cleared by Rajya Sabha on Monday.

19:02 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha votes on Jammu &Kashmir Reorganisation Bill

Lok Sabha votes on Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.

18:58 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Amit Shah: Those who support Article 370 are anti-Dalit, anti-tribal, anti-women and anti-education. 

Amit Shah: What equality does Article 370 stand for? When Kashmiri Pandits were thrown out of Kashmir because Article 370 was in place, where was the idea of equality? Those who support Article 370 are anti-Dalit, anti-tribal, anti-women and anti-education. 

18:34 (IST)06 Aug 2019
We're not going to commit a historic mistake, but going to correct one: Amit Shah

Amit Shah: Asaduddin Owaisi said we're going to commit a historical mistake. We're not going to commit a historic mistake, we're going to correct one. After 5 yrs, seeing development in J&K under leadership of PM Modi, ppl of valley will understand drawbacks of Article 370

18:29 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Imposing Emergency, Cong had transformed whole country into a UT in 1975: Amit Shah

"Imposing emergency, Congress had transformed the whole country into an Union Territory in 1975," said Amit Shah in response to Manish Tiwari's accusation that the current government had broken J&K into two UTs overnight.

18:18 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Won’t have problem in returning statehood to J&K once situation is normal: Shah

The government won't have a problem in restoring J&K's statehood once the situation is back to normal, said Amit Shah. He added that the connectivity to the valley has been snapped to prevent rumours to spread panic among the local people. According to Shah the situation is nothing compared to the situation the valley had experienced between 1989 to 1995 when it was under curfew for years.

17:49 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Only advocates of militancy worried about scrapping of Article 370: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister: Whoever supports militancy, only they are worried about the decision (of the scrapping of Article 370)

17:33 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Owaisi: This Eid, do you (govt) want Kashmiris to sacrifice themselves instead of lambs

Owaisi: What will happen on Eid? Eid is on Monday. Are you assuming that Kashmiris instead of sacrificing lamb should sacrifice themselves? If you want that I'm sure they'll do that, they've been doing that.

17:02 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Govt failed to live up to its constitutional duties: Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi termed the decision to scrap Article 370 as a historic mistake. "You kept your promise made in manifesto, but did not lived up to your constitutional duties," he said.

16:44 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Because of Article 370, democracy was being strangled: Anupriya Patel

Anupriya Patel, Apna Dal MP: Because of Article 370, democracy was being strangled. The people of Kashmir want development, prosperity and don't want to be the puppets at the hands of a few regional political personalities.

16:32 (IST)06 Aug 2019
'By scrapping of Article 370, Article 35A, lot of protection has been given to minorities'

By scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A, a lot of protection has been given to the minorities, said SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal.

16:27 (IST)06 Aug 2019
If Farooq Abdullah doesn’t want to come to LS, can’t bring him here at gunpoint: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said, "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)."

16:18 (IST)06 Aug 2019
In the name of unity, you (govt) are promoting division, says Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor termed the decision to scrap Article 370 as legislative authoritarianism. "It betrays the spirit of the Constitution," he said, adding that in the name of unity, the government are promoting division, in the name of prosperity, it is are promoting poverty.

16:08 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Shashi Tharoor: Decision has done serious damage to our international standing


Shashi Tharoor: The decision has already done serious damage to our international standing. The way the Amarnath pilgrims were evacuated using the false pretence of terrorism, utter secrecy about the deployment of troops have exposed contempt of liberty of people. The decision has changed the constitutional relationship of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to the Republic of India.

15:56 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Chirag Paswan: From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, PM Modi has bound the country in one string

Chirag Paswan: From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, PM Modi has bound the country in one string. I believe the decision will help the brainwashed youth of Kashmir to return to the mainstream.

15:47 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Congress tried to destroy Buddhists in J&K by misusing Article 370: Ladakh BJP MP

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP MP from Ladakh:  You (Congress) have tried to destroy the Buddhists in Jammu and Kashmir by misusing Article 370. 

15:32 (IST)06 Aug 2019
P K Kunhalikutty: By this decision, you are weakening peace-loving people of Valley

P. K. Kunhalikutty: By this decision, you are weakening the peace-loving people of the Valley. You are thinking, with your communal agenda, you will make the people forget their starvings, problems. But you will be sorry about this later. Dividing and ruling is the trick of the British.

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On Monday, Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah pulled off a legislation – the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill — in Rajya Sabha that is set to define his political career in national politics. That Shah, a quintessential organisation man, chose not to address his scheduled session to party MPs during the two-day training session over the weekend, except his brief address at the inauguration, got BJP MPs curious about the coming move. In the last two days, Shah worked from his office in Parliament House complex, holding meetings with all those mattered on this issue.

In one stroke, Shah has managed to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and paved the way for delimitation of Assembly constituencies of the newly created Union Territory of J&K, where the party hopes to correct the skew in favour of Kashmir Valley and enhance electoral heft of Jammu region. With this move, more Hindus — including refugees from Pakistan and PoK — can not only purchase land and settle in the Valley but also get more Dalits and people belonging to weaker sections benefit, which the party hopes will reflect in the electoral results.

The decision came amid Opposition’s protests in Parliament and outside on Monday. While, NDA allies Shiv Sena, AIADMK and SAD backed the government move. However, NDA’s ally JD(U) chose to stage a walkout as soon as Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution on Article 370 and the bifurcation bill.

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