Article 370 scrapped; J&K to be split into union territories

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Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in India's two houses of parliament.

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Published: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 8:25 PM

The government has proposed to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir, carving out two separate Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Monday.
The Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature but there will be no Assembly in Ladakh, Shah said in a statement.
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He said this had been done in view of constant threats of cross border terrorism.
The Union Territories of Ladakh was a long pending demand of the people of the region and the decision was aimed at fulfilling the aspiration of the local population, the minister said.

The latest updates:

Repealing Article 370 a cardinal blunder says, Chidambaram: Attacking the government in Rajya Sabha, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said by repealing Article 370 of the Constitution, the government has committed a "cardinal blunder", a "fatal legal error".
Amit Shah moves resolution on Kashmir in Lok Sabha: Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha for bringing a bill to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Kashmir cut off due to curfew, communication blackout: A curfew and a total communication blackout are in place in Kashmir with the government on Monday proposing to revoke Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Equities, currency tumble over weak global cues, J&K decision: The equity and currency markets declined on Monday over heightened trade tension between the US and China, and the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Congress, other parties oppose bifurcating J&K two union territories: The Congress may be going against the tide with party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad strongly opposing the government's move to repeal Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories (UTs).
Security tight in Punjab after revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir: Amid apprehension of an adverse reaction from Pakistan to the developments in Kashmir, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday prohibited any kind of celebrations or protest that could vitiate the atmosphere in the border state.
Murder of democracy, says MK Stalin: DMK president MK Stalin on Monday said that abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre is "murder of democracy". He also condemned AIADMK for supporting the government's decision.
"Without consulting people of Jammu and Kashmir, Article 370 has been taken away. Democracy has been murdered. AIADMK is also supporting the decision which is condemnable," said Stalin.
Nitish Kumar to review stand on Article 370: JD-U leader Ajay Alok, here on Monday, appealed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the party president, to reconsider opposition to revocation of Article 370, and said the party should review its stand.
"In the interest of the country, I appeal Kumar to reconsider the JD-U's stand on Article 370 and support its scrapping," Alok, former JD-U spokesperson, said.
Doval expected to visit Kashmir: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the security situation even as all the three services are on high alert to deal with any fallout of the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories and withdrawal of special status to the state.
In the run-up to the decision to reorganize the state, Doval had reviewed the situation and additional troops were sent to the Kashmir Valley following his meetings with state administration officials.
After Doval, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also likely to tour the area after the end of Parliament session.
Shah justifies move amid Opposition protest: Justifying the move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were not receiving any benefits due to Article 370 and the politicians were allowing corruption to flourish despite the state getting maximum amount of fund for its development.
Kashmir issue echoes in Lok Sabha ; Opp parties shout slogans : Opposition parties on Monday created ruckus in Lok Sabha as they raised concerns about the Kashmir situation even as the House continued to transact business.
Members from Congress, DMK, National Conference and RSP were in the Well shouting slogans and demanding a reply from the government on the Kashmir situation.
Amid the din, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill and The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill were introduced. Besides, the House took up a discussion on The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill. Opposition members continued with their sloganeering for more than an hour in the Lower House.
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Centre plans major investment summit in Kashmir: After the abrogation of Article 370, the government has planned a major investment summit in Jammu and Kashmir in October which will be attended by all the prominent leaders of India.??
Sources said the summit is expected to take place around Dussehra as the government believed that scrapping of Article 370 will create conducive atmosphere for investments in the region.
Delhi metro put on high alert: A 'high alert' has been sounded in the Delhi metro network in the wake of the developments related to Kashmir and the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations, officials said on Monday.
A fresh advisory has been issued, over an existing one, to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in the mass-rapid rail network that runs across the National Capital Region, the security officials said.
Commuters will have to go through additional checks by the CISF personnel at many stations, the officials said.
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Pakistan's foreign minister has rejected India's revocation of Kashmir's special constitutional status, saying the move violates a UN resolution. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a Pakistani TV station on Monday from Saudi Arabia, that Pakistan would step up diplomatic efforts to prevent the revocation made by presidential order from coming into effect.
Kejriwal supports Centre on Article 370: "We support the government on its decisions on J&K. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state," the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leader tweeted.
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Indian Army, Air Force put on high alert: Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been put on high alert today following the scrapping of Article 370 and other decisions announced by government in Parliament.
Ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday welcomed the Centre's decision to scrap Article 370, terming it as "a historic day" for the country. In a statement, Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray said: "Historic day for India. Article 370 scrapped, and Jammu & Kashmir now truly a part of India."
PDP MPs tear Constitution, removed from Rajya Sabha: PDP MPs Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway tore up the Constitution in the Rajya Sabha, leading to their ouster from the House. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu directed the marshals to remove the slogan-shouting PDP members from the Rajya Sabha. The two MPs had also protested outside Parliament prior to the start of proceedings. Fayaz tore up his own dress during the protest.
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hailed the government's decision to remove Article 370 and praised Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for 'correcting a historical blunder'.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday accused the BJP-led government of "murdering constitution and democracy" by abrogating Article 370 and other steps taken in relation to the state.
Making a historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha, Shah said:  This is not the first time, Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended article 370 through similar process.
People in Ladakh wanted the region to be a Union Territory, says Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP MP from Ladakh
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Calling it the "darkest day in Indian democracy', Mehbooba Mufti said, "Decision of Jammu and Kashmir leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired.
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The notification also made clear that all the provisions of the Constitution as amended from time to time, shall apply in relation to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the exceptions and modifications subject to which they shall so apply.
It also added a clause (4) to Article 367 which said,"(4) For the purposes of this Constitution as it applies in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir -
(a) references to this Constitution or to the provisions thereof shall be construed as references to the Constitution or the provisions thereof as applied in relation to the said State;
(b) references to the person for the time being recognized by the President on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of the State as the Sadar-i-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir, acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the State for the time being in office, shall be construed as references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir;
(c) references to the Government of the said State shall be construed as including references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of his Council of Ministers; and
(d) in proviso to clause (3) of Article 370 of this Constitution, the expression "Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2)" shall read "Legislative Assembly of the State"."

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