Published On: Mon, Aug 5th, 2019

Govt repeals Article 370, Kashmir’s special status revoked

Home Minister Amit Shah announced Monday in Rajya Sabha the Article 370 of the Constitution for special status on Jammu and Kashmir will be removed, adding President Ram Nath Kovind has signed related order.

Earlier in the morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a cabinet meeting at his residence.

Now, with the wipe off of Article 370 from the Constitution the Jammu and Kashmir state will be recognized into bifurcation of two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Lately, after the deployment of about 35,000 troops in the Kashmir Valley the opposition leaders called for massive protests. Over the night senior leaders including former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were placed under house arrest.

Internet and phone lines were forced out of service in parts of the Valley. All schools, colleges and offices in the state were closed. Groups were banned from gathering in the region.

Govt repeals Article 370, Kashmir's special status revoked

J&K leader Omar Abdullah said, “The government of India (GOI)’s unilateral and shocking decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir had reposed in India when the State acceded to it in 1947. The decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday.”

Arun Jaitley tweeted, “A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go.”

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