Govt revokes Article 370 from J&K, bifurcates state into 2 Union Territories
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Monday approved a resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill 2019 was passed in the House with 125 in favour and 61 against in a division pressed by the Opposition.
The Bill provides for bifurcation of the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Home Minister Amit Shah blamed the Article 370 provisions for poverty and lack of development in the state.
Allaying opposition fears of all hell breaking loose after the move, Shah replying, “nothing will happen” and it won’t be allowed to turn into another battle torn Kosovo.
“It was heaven on earth and will remain so,” he said replying to the debate on the resolution and the bill which were taken up together.
He said full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at “appropriate time” and after “normalcy” returns.
Shah said Article 370 was also the main reason for terrorism to have sustained for long and said the menace would soon be eliminated.
He also told the House that in five years time Jammu and Kashmir would be the most developed entity in the country.
Shah said rule of three families in the state during their 70 years since independence did not allow democracy to percolate and it breeded corruption.
EWS quota Bill for J-K passed
Rajya Sabha passed by voice vote Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 for implementation of the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bill was passed after a detailed discussion and reply of Home Minister Amit Shah.
Now, the Bill will go to Lok Sabha. After the Bill is passed by the Parliament, all residents of the state with income below Rs 8 lakh per annum would benefit from the reservation.