The Indian government, through a presidential order, has invalided two controversial articles 35A and 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories
New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, the Indian government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with Amit Shah as the home minister, has scrapped the controversial articles 35A and 370 in relation to Jammu and Kashmir. The issue of special status is being hotly debated by various sections of people and political classes.
Today (August 5), when Amit Shah rose to speak at the Rajya Sabha, there was chaos all around. Opposition members stood up and questioned the motive behind the resolution to scrap the articles, with many saying a debate should be held before such a move is taken up.
In spite of the stiff opposition and massive resistance, the government struck down the controversial bills with the presidential nod.
“The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative,” the resolution moved by the home minister said.
Apart from the invalidation of the articles, Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into two Union territories. Jammu and Kashmir will be a Union territory with a legislature while Ladakh will be a Union territory with no legislature.
Earlier in the day, members of the Congress, TMC and DMK created more ruckus as some tore clothes and copies of the Constitution, prompting the chairman to order that they be physically removed.
Venkaiah added, “Tearing the Constitution in the House, shouting against India, will not be allowed. I will not just name them but also take action.”
The issue of advance notice for the resolution was also debated heavily in the House, but the Chairman, based on his discretionary powers, waived it as the bill was of urgent national importance.
The Indian government has placed 40,000 security personnel in the valley to thwart any attempt to create violence.
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Last Updated Aug 5, 2019, 2:45 PM IST