Rajya Sabha approves a bill to extend 10% reservation to economically weaker sections in J&K
Over 41,000 people wouldn't have lost their lives in Kashmir valley if Article 370 wasn't there, says Home Minister
Amid heightened tension in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah moved Rajya Sabha to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, removing the special status granted to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The order, which has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, comes into force immediately.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had a hour-long meeting, where the top leadership is believed to have discussed issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir.
Here are the latest updates on how things are unfolding:
6:55 pm: The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 got passed by Rajya Sabha, which will split Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The bill gets 125 Ayes, 61 Noes and one abstains.
6:40 pm: No separate Constitution, flag for J-K; assembly to be of 5 years
With the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir will now have no separate flag or Constitution and the tenure of the assembly will be for a period of five years like any other state and two union territories in the country, officials said on Monday.
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) will replace the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) to deal with criminal matters and Article 356, under which President's rule can be imposed in any state, will also be applicable in union territories (UTs) Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh with the unprecedented decision of the Centre.
There will be no separate flag of Jammu and Kashmir and the tricolour will be the only national flag for the entire country, a Home Ministry official said.
6:35 pm: Rajya Sabha passes J&K reservation bill. This Bill is to implement 10% Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in Jammu and Kashmir.
6:25 pm: "We will make Jammu and Kashmir the most developed state; dont be misguided by political parties," Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha
"Full state status will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at appropriate time, when normalcy returns," Shah added.
Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: Several MPs have asked how long will J&K remain a Union Territory- I want to assure them when situation gets normal & the right time comes, we're ready to make J&K a state again. It may take a little longer, but it will become a state once again, one day pic.twitter.com/obORN7lm4R
6:20 pm: "More than 41,400 people have been killed due to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir; whose policy responsible for the deaths?," asked Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
"Article 370 was a temporary provision; how long can a temporary provision be allowed to continue," Shah said.
"Sardar Patel never dealt with Kashmir; he dealt with Junagarh, Hyderabad which were made part of India without Article 370," Shah added.
6:10 pm: After abrogation of Article 370, J&K will truly become integral part of India, Shah said in Rajya Sabha.
6:05 pm: While asserting that poverty in J&K is due to Article 370 and Article 35A, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke in Rajya Sabha and said,"No industry can be set up in J&K because of Article 370, 35A; no benefit will accrue to valley due to Article 370, Article 35A. Tourism did not develop in J&K because of restrictions on land purchase due to Article 370 and Article 35A. Cement costs ₹100 per bag more in Kashmir; land price in state did not rise. ₹14,255 per capita allocated to J&K as against over ₹3,681 per capita national average."
"Right to Education is not implemented in Kashmir; why should valley children not get benefit of education," Shah asked and added, "Healthcare crippling in Jammu and Kashmir as no private hospital could be set up due to Article 370, Article 35A."
HM: You stand here in Parliament and say bloodshed will happen in Kashmir..what message are you sending to the valley? You want them to continue living in 18th century system,don't ppl there hv right to live in 21st century?Those who provoke have kids studying in London and US pic.twitter.com/N4ST8NPKLJ
5:55 pm: Over 41,000 people wouldn't have lost their lives in Kashmir valley if Article 370 wasn't there, said Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
Article 370 is root cause of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, said Shah. Three family rule did not allow democracy to percolate in J&K, Shah further said.
5:20 pm: Govt's next agenda should be getting back PoK: Swamy in RS
After scrapping of Article 370, the government's next agenda should be to get back the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Rajya Sabha nominated member Subramanian Swamy said on Monday. Supporting the resolution on removal of Article 370 moved in the Upper House, Swamy also said that now there is nothing to mediate in the Kashmir issue for the US President Donald Trump except for him to tell Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to return the land taken illegally from India.
4.55 pm: It is something the country has been waiting for the last 70 years, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
FM Nirmala Sitharaman: It is something the country has been waiting for the last 70 years. Even our manifesto mentioned the need to abrogate #Article370, so it is not something we brought out suddenly like a rabbit from a magic hat. pic.twitter.com/bcZAE3JL89
4.45 pm: 'History will judge whether it was historic or not':Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal: Today we should think about why we're here&what should democracy involve. I know Bill will be passed as you have manufactured a majority,therefore,we can do nothing about it.While you call this a historic moment,only history will judge whether it was historic or not. pic.twitter.com/5d6PQqVOXI
Welcoming the Centre's move to abolish Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, people from a cross- section in Gujarat hoped the landmark decision would bring peace and development in the strife-torn state.
4.25 pm: J&K's head chopped off; identity lost: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Kashmir resolution
Some opposition parties termed the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two union territories as a "black blot", with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday charging the state's head, considered as India's crown, has been "chopped off" and its identity removed.
4.20 pm: Various parties like the Congress, TMC, DMK, NCP, AAP, RJD and left parties opposed the said resolution as well as a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories.
4.15 pm: Kashmiri students in the national capital on Monday termed the Centre's move of revoking Article 370 as "dictatorial" and expressed concern about the safety of their family members back home.Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) member Shehla Rashid, who has been vocal against the scrapping of Article 370, said they will approach the Supreme Court in the matter.
4.10 pm: Similar to imposition of Emergency: Historian Ramachandra Guha
Historian Ramachandra Guha claimed on Monday the notification by President Ram Nath Kovind on revoking Article 370 is similar to the one issued by the then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on imposition of Emergency in 1975.
"President Kovind does a Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed," he said.
"This is not democracy, this is authoritarianism, the handiwork of paranoid, insecure rulers who daren't even have a proper debate inside or outside Parliament," Guha added.
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4.05 pm: Bold step towards strengthening national integration: LK Advani on Article 370 scrapping
3.55 pm:'Today is a black day in the constitutional history of India': P Chidambaram
Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram alleged that the Modi dispensation's move amounted to "constitutional monstrosity" and the decision marks the "beginning of the disintegration of India if the government continues on this path". "Today is a black day in the constitutional history of India," he said.
P Chidambaram,Congress in Rajya Sabha: Momentarily you may think you have scored a victory, but you are wrong and history will prove you to be wrong. Future generations will realize what a grave mistake this house is making today. #Article370pic.twitter.com/NC3XrFeeU5
3.40 pm: Nationalist Congress Party MP Vandana Chavan in Rajya Sabha: The NCP will abstain from voting on this bill
3.30 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh: Constitution of India had been rewritten without following any legal provisions. Such a historic decision should not have been taken and pushed through in this arbitrary manner.
3.20 pm: NSA Ajit Doval is expected to visit Kashmir valley today along with other senior security officials to review the situation on ground, ANI reported
3.05 pm: Pakistan on Monday slammed India’s move of revoking Article 370 of its constitution. In a statement, the Pakistan foreign ministry said Islamabad will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps, being a party to the international dispute. Read more
2.55 pm: Article 35A gave J&K government the right to decide who qualifies as a permanent resident of the state and only these individuals were allowed to acquire or own land, settle and seek government jobs in J&K region. However, revoking Article 35A would most likely open gates for real estate investments in J&K from across the country. Read more
2.45 pm: ‘Very essential for interest of J-K’: RSS
We welcome the courageous step by govt. This was very essential for interest of J&K as well as the entire country. Rising from selfish motives&political differences, everyone should welcome&support this move.
Watch: Article 370 revoked: Praise and outrage, how Twitter is abuzz with political reactions
2.30 pm: Today's decision violates all the principles invoked by Vajpayee: insaniyat, jamhuriat, kashmiriyat, says Yogendra Yadav.
Today's decision violates all the principles invoked by Vajpayee: insaniyat, jamhuriat, kashmiriyat.
This unconstitutional move plays into the hands of separatists and Pak sponsored terrorists, besides reneging on the idea of India and the promise to the people of Kashmir.
2.17 pm: It is requested to take special care to ensure the safety and security of residents of Jammu & Kashmir, especially the students in various parts of the country, says MHA
Ministry of Home Affairs: It is requested to take special care to ensure the safety and security of residents of Jammu & Kashmir, especially the students in various parts of the country. https://t.co/G1GQgXxQDV
2:09 pm: The United Nations has appealed to both India and Pakistan for maximum restraint along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region.
2:05 pm: Terming the revoking of Article 370 a "catastrophic step", the Congress accused the BJP of taking the decision "for votes" and said it marks a "black day" in the constitutional history of India.
1:54 pm: Pakistan's dollar bonds fell across the curve today after the Indian government revoked the special status of Kashmir.
1:49 pm: Supporting the scrapping of Article 370, the BJD MP Prasanna Acharya on Monday said that Kashmir has become a part of India in a real sense today.
1:45 pm: All security forces formations in the country, specifically in Jammu and Kashmir, are on 'high alert' following the government revoking Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
1.40 pm: I think Govt of India should have taken leaders of the valley into confidence which unfortunately the govt didn't do. And then they should have taken the decision to revoke 370: Sharad Pawar, NCP
1.35 pm: People of Jammu and Kashmir thankful to PM for mitigating their pain: BJP on Article 370
State BJP president Ravinder Raina said the residents of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of their caste, creed and religion are with the prime minister. "It is a historic moment for Jammu and Kashmir... the entire population of the state is thankful to him (Modi) for mitigating their pain," Raina said.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh too congratulated the people and said the whole country had waited for over 70 years for this moment.
"Jammu and Kashmir has integrated into India and the historic decision of the Centre will further cement its relation with the state. The bill will get passed to fulfil the long standing dream of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Singh said.
1.27 pm: Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee: I don't think there is anything revolutionary here. It's a political decision even though it is not a wise decision.
1.23 pm: Govt move on Article 370 in J&K fulfilment of dream of Bal Thackeray, Vajpayee: Shiv Sena
1.19 pm: BJP's ally JD(U) oppose government's decision to scrap Aricle 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and reorganisation of the state.
1.15 pm: AAP too has extended its support to the Centre's resolution of scrapping Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
We support the govt on its decisions on J & K. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state.
A 'high alert' has been sounded in the Delhi metro network in the wake of the developments related to Jammu and Kashmir. 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. Read more
As advised by security agencies, a red alert has been imposed on the entire DMRC network.
12.47 pm: BJD supports scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir
12.45 pm: Close to 8,000 paramilitary troops were airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley. Troops induction still going on.
12.40 pm: Omar Abdullah's statement on revoking of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir: This is an aggression against people of J&K
12.32 pm: Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP MP from Ladakh: I welcome the Bill on behalf of everyone in Ladakh. People there wanted the region to be a Union Territory.
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP MP from Ladakh: I welcome the Bill on behalf of everyone in Ladakh. People there wanted the region to be a Union Territory. People in Ladakh wanted that the region be freed from the dominance & discrimination of Kashmir, that is happening today. pic.twitter.com/02LiyBlEa3
12.30 pm: This is not the first time, Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended Article 370 through similar process, says Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha
HM Amit Shah: This is not the first time, Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended article 370 through similar process. So instead of protesting please let me speak and have a discussion, all your doubts and misunderstandings will be cleared, I am ready to answer all your questions. pic.twitter.com/jUcoLvbNFN
12.25 pm: "PM @narendramodi ji ne kamaal kar diya. Desh ki ummeedon pe khare utre. Many many congrats to @narendramodi ji and @AmitShah ji on this historic decision regarding #Article370. This has opened up the path of growth and development for #JammuAndKashmir," tweeted party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.
12.20 pm: Political leaders of Kashmir have over enjoyed Article 35-A, not anymore: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said that politicians of Jammu and Kashmir have over enjoyed Article 35-A and that it should no longer be continued. "Some leaders in Kashmir have been house arrested, school, colleges have been closed and Section 144 has been imposed in the Valley. It has been imposed for the first time by the government and not separatists. Government is going to take some big step or decision on Kashmir," Raut told ANI.
12.14 pm: Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted J&K for years. Leader of Opposition (GN Azad) said Article 370 connected J&K to India, it's not true. Maharaja Hari Singh signed J&K Instrument of Accession on 27 Oct 1947, Article 370 came in 1954: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
12.12 pm: Gulam Nabi Azad: BJP has murdered constitution
GN Azad,Cong: I strongly condemn the act of 2-3 MPs(PDP's Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway who attempted to tear constitution). We stand by the constitution of India. Hum Hindustan ke samvidhaan ki raksha ke liye jaan ki baazi laga denge, but today BJP has murdered constitution pic.twitter.com/wtswg0s7dK
12.10 pm: Bill introduced, Jammu and Kashmir will cease to be a state; 2 UTs created
The govt today moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories—Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. 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.
12.05 pm: The order to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir 'shall come into force at once': Amit Shah
12.01 pm: Martrdom of Dr Mukherjee for complete integration of J&K honoured: Ram Madhav on Article 370
BJP leader Ram Madhav on Monday hailed the government's decision on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said the martyrdom of its idealogue Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of the state into India has been "honoured".
What a glorious day. Finally d martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukharjee for compete integration of J&K into Indian Union is being honoured and d seven decade old demand of d entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our life time.Ever imagined?🙏
11.55 am: BSP supports government in scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir
11.45 am: Government plans: Jammu and Kashmir to be bifurcated into Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh will be a Union Territory without Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir will be a UT with Assembly.
11.40 am: Shah also proposed the reorganization of the state, with Jammu and Kashmir to be declared a Union Territory with an Assembly.
11.37 am: Shortly after Amit Shah tabled these documents, President Ram Nath Kovind came out with a notification—The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 that will come into force immediately.
The order will supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from time to time.
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"."
11.35 am: Mehbooba Mufti: Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy
Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.
11.30 am: Constitution(application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 2019
11.28 am: Uproar in Rajya Sabha after resolution revoking Article 370 from J&K moved by Home Minister Amit Shah
11.25 am: Home Minister Amit Shah moves resolution in Rajya Sabha that all clauses of Article 370 will not be applicable to JK
11.20 am: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: I am ready for all discussions by the leader of the Opposition, the entire opposition and the members of the ruling party over Kashmir issue. I am ready to answer all questions.
11.10 am: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress in Rajya Sabha: Entire valley is under curfew, political leaders including three former chief ministers are under house arrest. There is a war like situation in the state, so this should be discussed on priority.
11.05 am: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the Parliament; Union Home Minister Amit Shah to speak in Rajya Sabha shortly.
11.00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the Parliament.
10.50 am: Opposition Leaders Meet Ahead Of Amit Shah's Address
10.30 am: The entire country is waiting to exhale over Kashmir: Anand Mahindra
Cannot pretend this is just another Monday morning. The entire country is waiting to exhale over Kashmir. Can only pray for the safety of everyone there & for an outcome that makes the nation stronger & the future more positive.