Article 370 scrapped, J&K bifurcated into Union Territories

Article 370, which extends special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been scrapped, home minister Amit Shah announced in parliament. Jammu and Kashmir will also be “reorganised,” Shah told the Rajya Sabha. Shah said the UT in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.

“The Article-370, notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify: Provided that the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2) shall be necessary before the President issues such a notification,” read out Shah in the ruckus in the Upper House of Parliament.

Amit Shah also said Jammu and Kashmir would be ‘reorganised’ or bifurcated. Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir would be two separate Union Territories. Jammu and Kashmir would have a legislature (not the Constituent Assembly Jammu and Kashmir had so far) and Ladakh would not.

All hell broke lose in the House soon after Shah made that announcment with Opposition leaders volubly protesting the move.

Ghulam Nabi Azad countering Shah’s Rajya Sabha address said, “Entire valley is under curfew, political leaders including three former chief ministers are under house arrest. There is a war-like situation in the state, so this should be discussed on priority”

The groundbreaking announcement came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a cabinet meeting at his residence this morning.

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