WITH Revoking Article 370, J & K & Ladakh Are Two Separate Union Territories: No SPl Status for Kashmir: J & K Is Like Delhi UT with Law & Order Transferred to MHA

NDA Government on Monday, July 5, corrected a historical blunder by abrogating obnoxious Article 370 of the Constitution    to integrate Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of India   and paid the richest tribute to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and thousands of people who had laid down their lives fighting for one nation, one national flag and one constitution. Making the historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha   Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the government has decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to J&K. The government has also decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature. The special status given through the constitution to Kashmir has ended, the government said today after Home Minister Amit Shah informed parliament that Article 370 has been abolished with the President signing an order that comes into effect “at once.”- The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his cabinet earlier. Article 370 gives Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters barring defence, communications and foreign affairs. The removal of this part of the constitution ends special status for Kashmir which was key to its accession to India in 1947. BJD, YSRCP, TRS, . BSP, AIADMK, Shiv Sena and BPF (Assam) have supported the Centre’s resolution on Article 370. BJD MP Prasanna Acharya in Rajya Sabha said, “In real sense today, Jammu & Kashmir has become a part of India. My party supports this resolution. We are a regional party but for us nation is first, “says ANI.The government has also said it wants parliament to clear a proposal that bifurcates the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories which are effectively semi-states. Jammu and Kashmir would be one union territory with its own legislature, like Delhi. Ladakh would be the other but without its own assembly. Ministry of Home Affairs has issued order to Chief Secretaries & Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of all state/UTs and Commissioner of Police, Delhi that immediate instruction may be issued to security forces & law enforcement agencies in all states to put them on maximum alert. Shah said that the govt proposed for the UT status for Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of on an assessment of the “prevailing security situation” fuelled by cross-border terrorism. Article 370 made it necessary for the centre to get the state legislature’s approval for introducing any policies or constitutional powers to the state.​ This in turn means that the Governor, who is being treated as the ‘State’ govt at the moment, was able to move the resolution to the President. So, 370 will be abrogated by the President. Shah’s announcement was immediately followed by massive uproar in the Upper House with opposition MPs protesting in its Well. In the Valley, three of Jammu and Kashmir’s most prominent politicians — Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone -are under house arrest amid a massive security-built up in the state. Internet services and mobile services have been suspended in several places and all public gatherings are banned in Srinagar district as section 144 was imposed from midnight. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, moved by  the Home Minister  is expected to be passed in Rajya Sabha with support  of  several opposition  parties. It is likely to be supported by several non-NDA parties. Congress has however vehemently opposed the move with Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram commenting   that by bringing a resolution on Article 370, the disintegration of India has begun. “The govt has illegally disintegrated J&K…this will set a precedent and allow the government   to disintegrate any state as per its will and we will not stand by this,” he says. The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP  has welcomed the government’s “historic” decision on Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to the state, saying the people were thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “mitigating their pain”.

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