Parliament approves abrogation of special status given to J&K under Article 370
370 votes were in favour of the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019 and 70 against it
Home Minister Amit Shah today moved the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, in Lok Sabha. He also introduced Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019 in the Lower House of Parliament. A resolution removing the special status of the state under Article 370 was approved by the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
Here are the latest updates:
7.45 pm: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019 with 370 votes in favour and 70 against it.
Having already been passed in the Upper House, the bill now awaits Presidential assent before becoming an Act.
The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019 strips Jammu and Kashmir's status of a state and converts it into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without legislature.
7.10 pm: Parliament approved abrogation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The resolution was passed in Lok Sabha by division of votes with 351 members in support and 72 against it while one member abstained.
6.40 pm: "Over 41,500 people lost their lives in J&K due to militancy since 1989," said Shah in Lok Sabha.
He further said that scrapping of Article 370 is not a historical blunder but in fact the Modi government is "rectifying the historical blunder".
"Law and order situation in J&K has not deteriorated; all actions taken were precautionary," clarified Shah.
6.10 pm: In his reply to the debate on abrogation of Article 370 in Lok Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah said "Article 370 is creating doubts over J&K's relations with India" and that
"India will continue to claim Pakistan-occupied Kashmir".
"When normalcy returns to J&K, govt will have no hesitation in restoring its full statehood," says Shah in LS.
"Modi govt has no intention to remove Article 371 which gives certain special rights to some Northeast states," Shah clarified in Lok Sabha.
5.55 pm: Amit Shah pulls up Congress for asking if Kashmir an internal issue
It was an embarrassing moment for the Congress when Home Minister Amit Shah pulled up its leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for questioning the government how Jammu and Kashmir issue can be an "internal issue" if it is under United Nations' monitoring since 1948.
5.50 pm: Ladakh MP gets PM's praise for LS speech
BJP member from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namagyan earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Lok Sabha on Tuesday on a motion to abrogate special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, PTI reported. Participating in the debate on a motion to abrogate special status to J-K and split the state into two Union Territories, Namgyan said the people of Ladakh had been fighting for UT status for the last seven decades. "If Ladakh is today under-developed, then Article 370 and Congress party are responsible for it," the MP said.
In a tweet later, the prime minister said the Ladakh BJP MP coherently presented aspirations of people of the region in his speech. "My young friend, Jamyang Tseing Namgyal who is @MPLadakh delivered an outstdanding speech in the Lok Sabha while discussing key bills on J&K. He coherently presents the aspirations of our sisters and brothers from Ladakh. It is a must hear," Modi said in the tweet.
4.45 pm: A PIL was been filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the process of making Article 370 redundant in its application to the the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state.
4.40 pm: Shashi Tharoor: We all remember the last time PM unleashed a decision to the nation which was also initially applauded for his decisiveness, just like today and that was the disaster of demonetisation. Nation is still dealing with devastating consequences of that action
4.30 pm: I am saying it for the 4th time, and I have the patience to say it for the 10th time, Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested, says Amit Shah
Amit Shah in Lok Sabha:I'm saying it for the 4th time, & I've the patience to say it for the 10th time,Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested. If he isn't well, doctors will take him to hospital. House shouldn't worry. If he wasn't well, he would not have come out pic.twitter.com/nvgO0stsRs
4.20 pm: Watch: What National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah is saying
#WATCH: National Conference leader & J&K Former CM Farooq Abdullah: Home Ministry is lying in the Parliament that I'm not house-arrested, that I am staying inside my house at my own will. #Article370pic.twitter.com/OXzHjEmTnx
4.00 pm: Shashi Tharoor, Congress: Why we think it is indeed a black day? Because two former J&K CMs Omar Abdullah&Mehbooba Mufti are under arrest & the whereabouts of our own colleague Farooq Abdullah are still unclear. We still want to know where he is?
3.30 pm: Telugu Desam Party MP Jayadev Galla: Our leader Chandrababu Naidu and our party support the proposed reorganisation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.... Complete integration of J&K into India will be one nation with one flag & one constitution. (ANI)
3.15 pm: We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, says Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party, in Lok Sabha on #Article370revoked: We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Government should answer this. pic.twitter.com/oqjC9eEv0o
2.45 pm: Replying to NCP leader’s, Supriya Sadanand Sule, question over the absence of former chief minister, Farooq Abdullah, in the House, Amit Shah rose and said, “Farroq Abdullah has neither been detained nor been arrested. He is willing sitting back at home."
2.35 pm: Kashmir has been under monitoring mechanism of the UN, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
#WATCH Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress: In this parliament in 1994, we adopted a resolution that Pakistan occupied Kashmir has to be restored. It has to be brought into the ambit of our country. Now once J&K has been bifurcated, what shall be the status of PoK? pic.twitter.com/AckFD8WmbH
2.20 pm: BSP MP Girish Chandra and TRS MP Nama Nageswara Rao support the Bill to revoke Article 370 , in Lok Sabha.
2.10 pm: Jamyang Tsering, BJP MP from Ladakh : What will be lost with this decision? UPA gave Kashmir a central University in 2011, Jammu fought and took a central university. I was a Student Union leader. We demanded for a central university in Ladakh, but we didn’t get any. PM Modi recently gave us a university. ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai,’ reports news agency ANI.
2.03 pm: BJP's ally JD(U) walks out of Lok Sabha over Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Bill.
1.58 pm: Jammu and Kashmir policy planning group of Congress party to meet today in Delhi.
1.50 pm: Implementation of Article 370 should not be through dictatorship: Rajasthan sports minister
Rajasthan's youth affairs and sports minister Ashok Chandna on Tuesday said the implementation of Article 370 should be in an atmosphere of peace and trust rather than through dictatorship. Chandna in a tweet said he welcomes the Centre's decision of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. He, however, stressed that it should take place in a manner that no citizen face any problem in future.
यह मेरी निजी राय है, जम्मू-कश्मीर में अनुच्छेद 370 हटाना सरकार का पहला फैसला है जिसका मैं स्वागत करता हूँ। लेकिन 370 बदलने का क्रियान्वरण तानाशाही से ना होकर शांति और विश्वास के माहौल में होकर इसका अच्छे से निस्तारण हो ताकि भविष्य में देश के किसी नागरिक को कोई समस्या ना होl
1.45 pm: We cannot support this bill. We cannot vote for this bill: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee: We cannot support this bill. We cannot vote for this bill. They should have spoken to all political parties and the Kashmiris. If you need to arrive at a permanent solution, then you have to talk to all stakeholders. #Article370#JammuAndKashmirpic.twitter.com/dxIhH4QCOo
1.40 pm: Activist, Prashant Bhushan: Bifurcation of J&K requires consent of the elected assembly of the State
1.35 pm: Jitender Singh, BJP leader: Congress had misused Article 370 for their own political purposes
1.30 pm: Ruckus in Parliament of Pakistan as the Opposition objects to Prime Minister Imran Khan's absence from the joint session to hold a discussion on Kashmir. Session proceedings stopped even before starting as the Speaker left for his chamber.
1.25 pm: Indresh Kumar, RSS: Today's govt has done a Himalayan task. It is a big achievement of the country’s unity. Because the then Nehru govt took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations, this issue was escalated. It was a big mistake of Pandit Nehru&Congress
1:15 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Police said no untoward incident has been reported from the region and the situation is totally peaceful.
1:13 pm: Pakistan will hold an emergency joint sitting of both the houses of the Parliament today to discuss the recent developments in Kashmir, as per Pakistani media reports.
1:11 pm: National integration cannot be achieved by "unilaterally" tearing apart Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said.
1:10 pm: Netizens on Tuesday trended '#GlobalTerroristPakistan' on microblogging site Twitter to bring focus to Pakistan harbouring terrorism on its soil and ill-treating minorities like Balochs, Pashtuns and Mohajirs.
12.45 pm: DMK leader, T R Baalu opposes the bill and said, he would have supported the bill had it not converted a strong state government in two municipalities.
12.35 pm: Abuse of executive power to affect national security: Rahul Gandhi
Outgoing Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the government over its decision to revoke Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status and said the abuse of executive power has grave implications for national security.
National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land.
This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.
12.20 pm: BJP MP from Jammu, Jugal Kishore Sharma said the Article 370, which gives special status to J&K, is a blot on history and has completely isolated the state. “What has Article 370 gives us? Jawaharlal Nehru forced Article 370 on India."
12.10 pm: In last 70 yrs, several times we saw demands that union territories be converted into states but this is probably the first time in history that a state has been converted into union territory. There cannot be a bigger blow to federal structure than this: Manish Tewari
12.02 pm: 'Indian constitution does not have only Article 370. It also has Article 371 A to I. They provide special rights to Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra, Sikkim etc. Today when you're scrapping Article 370,what message are you sending to these states?': Manish Tewari.
11.55 am: Congress leader Manish Tewari recalls incidents of the past in Lok Sabha amid discussion on Jammu and Kashmir.
11.45 am: US State Department Spox: We note that Indian government described these actions as strictly an internal matter. We are concerned about reports of detentions and urge respect for individual rights&discussion with those in affected communities. Call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along LoC. (ANI)
US State Dept. spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: We are closely following the events in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We take note of India’s announcement revising the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s plan to split the state into two union territories.
10.45 am: Congress to have Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari as speakers on J&K Reorganisation Bill, in Lok Sabha.
10.30 am: The meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national working president JP Nadda, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar & Nitin Gadkari is underway, at the Parliament has concluded.
10.15 am: Security forces deployed in Srinagar as Section 144 is imposed here.
10.00 am: Government Sources on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir post-revocation of Article 370: There is peace and normalcy in J&K. It has been event free, no agitations held. People also moving about for essential work.
9. 45 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah to move The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, The Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019 and the resolution revoking Article 370 from J&K, in Lok Sabha today.
9.30 am: A meeting of Lok Sabha MPs of Congress party, chaired by Sonia Gandhi, will be held at 10:30 am today in Parliament.
8.45 am: Security forces deployed in Doda as Section 144 is imposed in the area.
Watch: J&K's special status scrapped, bifurcation bill in Lok Sabha today
8.30 am: Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, over J&K issue, to be held later today. Meeting can be postponed for tomorrow if the Parliament proceedings extends.
8.20 am: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who returned to Kashmir Valley yesterday, has told the government that residents of the state were supportive of Centre’s initiative on Article 370 and had welcomed Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurance in parliament.
8.00 am: Latest visuals of security from Jammu city. Article 370 was abrogated and Jammu & Kashmir was made a Union Territory (UT) with legislature, yesterday.
#WATCH Latest visuals of security from Jammu city. Article 370 was abrogated and Jammu & Kashmir was made a Union Territory (UT) with legislature, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/y52sVDzw50