Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday revealed in parliament that his government had decided to revoke Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Shah’s comments in the Rajya Sabha led to a huge uproar with opposition MPs entering the well of the parliament to lodge their protests.
This prompted Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to order the brief suspension of the Live broadcast of the parliamentary proceedings on Rajya Sabha TV.
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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar said that Shah was only correcting the mistakes made by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Article 370 of the Constitution grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, but the BJP and central government believe that this was only a temporary provision. Revocation of Article 370 has always been a part of the BJP’s election manifesto.
Shah also proposed a bill on reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir suggesting that Jammu and Kashmir be made a union territory with legislature and Ladakh a union territory without legislature.
Congress leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, called the government’s move to revoke Article 370 unconstitutional. In response, Shah said that he was ready to discuss the topic with Azad but staging protests in the parliament was not correct.
The Rajya Sabha proceedings also witnessed ugly scenes after two PDP MPs were seen tearing copies of the constitution. This prompted Naidu to order their eviction out of the Rajya Sabha.
Azad said that he strongly condemned the act of PDP MPs Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway.
The government had deployed around 10,000 military personnel in Kashmir ahead of today’s announcement on Article 370. Last night, two former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house arrests.
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