Union Home Minister Amit Shah has announced in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that the Jammu and Kashmir is going to be bifurcated.
According to the new plan of the Modi Government, Jammu and Kashmir will no longer a state, instead it will be made into a Union Territory. Making the announcement in Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the UT in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry. Shah also introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.
Shah’s announcement was immediately followed by massive uproar in the Upper House with opposition MPs protesting in the Well of the House. Before the announcement, three of Jammu and Kashmir's major political leaders— Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone were put under house arrest on Sunday night itself.
As soon as Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the removal of special status for Jammu and Kashmir in Rajya Sabha, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the new decision as the darkest day in democracy.
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hailed the government's decision to remove Article 370 and showered praises at PM and Shah for 'correcting a historical blunder'. "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," he says.