Centre scraps Article 370, bifurcates J&K into two Union Territories


A massive security build-up in the border State preceded the RS nod for resolutions The ruling BJP on Monday took a giant political and Constitutional leap by abrogating Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status and bifurcated the State into two Union Territories (UTs).

The audacious resolutions pushed in the Rajya Sabha galvanised the party faithful who burst crackers while simultaneously provoking former Home Minister P Chidambaram to dub it as “the worst day in the Constitutional history of India”.

Opposing the move, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “I had never imagined that the head of the state which is India’s crown will be chopped off.”

Through two statutory resolutions that were introduced and passed on the same day under the watch of Home Minister Amit Shah, the enabling provision of Article 370 that channels the implementation of Central laws and Constitutional provisions in Jammu and Kashmir with the concurrence of the State Legislature was scrapped. The border State has also been bifurcated into two separate UTs: Ladakh, without a Legislative Assembly and Jammu and Kashmir with a Legislative Assembly with curtailed powers.

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