Centre moves resolution to scrap Article 370, bifurcate J&K into two Union Territories


Nation Next Newsroom | Aug 5, 2019 14:57

Home Minister Amit Shah on August 5, moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha seeking to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to J&K.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah

In a staggering move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on August 5, 2019, moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha seeking to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah also proposed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, which will bifurcate the state into two with J&K being a Union Territory with legislature and Ladakh being a Union Territory without a legislature.

While Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Biju Janata Dal, YSRCP, Asom Gana Parishad, AIADMK, Shiv Sena, Bodoland People’s Front and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported the move, it was protested by Congress, JD(U), , TMC, MDMK and J&K leaders Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.

As Shah proposed the bill in the upper house of the Parliament, Peoples Democratic Party leaders Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz shouted slogans and tore posters. While Laway tore his kurta, the duo later tore copies of Indian Constitution, promoting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to order their eviction from the house.