The Narendra Modi government on Monday scrapped Article 370, which confers special status to Jammu and Kashmir, through a presidential order, triggering strong protests from the Opposition.
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.
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Making the announcement in Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit 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.
Shah introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.
The Opposition created an uproar in the Parliament. Here’s what the parties said:
- Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said BJP has “murdered constitution”.
- PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said government’s unilateral decision “to scrap Article 370” is illegal and unconstitutional. She called it “the darkest day in Indian democracy”.
- BSP extended support to the bill. BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra said, “Our party gives complete support. We want that the bill be passed. Our party is not expressing any opposition to Article 370 Bill & the other Bill.”
- National Conference’s Omar Abdullah said the government’s “unilateral” decisions are “illegal and unconstitutional”. He said that the decisions will have “far-reaching” and “dangerous” consequences. “A long and tough battle lies ahead. We are ready for that.”
- JD(U)’s KC Tyagi said that the party does not want Article 370 to be scrapped.
- AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted in support of the government’s decision on Kashmir. “We hope this will bring peace and development in the state,” he tweeted.
- DMK’s MK Stalin said that Article 370 has been removed without consulting the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Democracy has been murdered,” he added.