Special status gone, RS passed J&K (Reorganisation) Bill

Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha, today, with 125 members voted in favor of the bill and 61 voted against the bill.

Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, that gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, was removed by the Centre through a Presidential order, Union Home Minister informed the Parliament, earlier today. Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha which stated that all clauses of Article 370 would no longer be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.

Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha which stated that all clauses of Article 370 would no longer be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leaders hail govt’s move on Article 370.  “Bold”, “historic” and “monumental” — this is how BJP leaders described today  the government’s decision to revoke Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Amidst acrimonious scenes in Parliament, the government also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.

Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in Rajya Sabha, today. With the passing of the bill, the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) of the population in the Union Territory will be entitled to 10 per cent quota.

All the residents of the Union Territory with an income below Rs 8 lakh per annum would benefit from this 10 per cent quota. “People should get the benefit of it. I don’t think anybody would oppose it. We are bringing the bill with good intentions,” a BJP leader had said prior to the introduction of the bill in the Upper House of the Parliament.

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