If sources are to be believed, the cabinet meeting where the proposal for the abrogation of Article 370 was presented, lasted for only ‘seven minutes’ with Union Home Minister Amit Shah being greeted with applause in the end.
The Parliament earlier this week cleared the government’s proposal to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special provisions- thereby carving the state into two Union Territories.
According to a report, the moment Amit Shah referred to Article 370, ministers started thumping the desk. It was an emotional moment in the cabinet meeting.
In a historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha on August 5, Amit Shah had said, “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).”
According to sources, a very close group of ministers were in the know of the Modi cabinet planning to move the bill in Rajya Sabha. Moreover, the decision to bring the matter up in Rajya Sabha was to surprise the Opposition.