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Jammu and Kashmir HIGHLIGHTS | J&K is now free from shackles of vested groups: Modi after Parliament scrapped Article 370

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) News HIGHLIGHTS: The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories was cleared in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Discussion over the Bill is underway in the Lok Sabha.

Jammu and Kashmir HIGHLIGHTS | J&K is now free from shackles of vested groups: Modi after Parliament scrapped Article 370
The resolution revoking the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir was passed with 351 MPs voting in favour, while just 72 against it.

Jammu and Kashmir crisis HIGHLIGHTS: The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday created history by getting the resolution to scrap Article 370 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill passed in Parliament. The resolution revoking the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir was passed with 351 MPs voting in favour, while just 72 against it. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill — which will bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — was passed with 370 MPs for it against 70. The Rajya Sabha had already passed both the key legislation on Monday.  With this, Jammu and Kashmir has lost the special status granted under Article 370.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah defended the move and responded to questions raised by the opposition leaders. He also assured the House that Jammu and Kashmir’s original statehood will be restored once the situation in the Valley is normal. The Minister further said that Article 370 was a threat to India’s unity.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia backed the Centre on Article 370. In a tweet, he said: “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.”

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22:22 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Former Deputy CM removes J&K flag – WATCH

Jammu and Kashmir Former Deputy CM Nirmal Singh removes Jammu and Kashmir flag from his vehicle after the Parliament passed a resolution to revoke Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. It also passed Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Bill-2019 which will bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.

22:01 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Pakistan Army prepared to ‘go to any extent’ to help Kashmiris: Gen Qamar Bajwa

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that his troops are prepared to go to any extent to help Kashmiris after the government revoked Article 370. “Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfill our obligations…,” Gen Bajwa was reportedly told the army commanders.

21:40 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Dream of our freedom fighters realised: Yogi Adityanath

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the resolution to revoke Article 370 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament: The dream of one India that our freedom fighters saw has been completed by Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah today. I congratulate the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh

21:25 (IST)06 Aug 2019
SFI and Kashmiri students try to stage protest at Hyderabad University

Members of the Students Federation of India and some Kashmiri students in the University of Hyderabad tried to stage a protest against the central government’s move to scrap Article 370. PTI reports that a leader of the SFI — student wing of the CPI-M — in University of Hyderabad called for a protest along with students from Jammu and Kashmir but police dispersed the crowd as students from ABVP had also gathered at the venue.

20:45 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Democracy now truly established in Jammu and Kashmir: JP Nadda

BJP leaders on Tuesday cheered Parliament’s nod to the Centre’s measures on Jammu and Kashmir, with its working president J P Nadda, asserting that democracy has now been established in a true sense in the Union territory and terrorism will make way for development. Union minister Prakash Javadekar hailed PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, saying that the “historic” move to nullify Article 370 has erased the “blot” of injustice from India’s head.

20:27 (IST)06 Aug 2019
India Inc cheers Parliament nod

India Inc on Tuesday hailed the Parliament’s approval to remove some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019. it said that the bold move would open up investments into various sectors in the state, leading to the creation of jobs. Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha approved a resolution to remove special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for dividing the state into two Union Territories.

20:15 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Jammu and Kashmir is now free from shackles: PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi: Together we are, together we shall rise and together we will fulfill the dreams of 130 crore Indians! A momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy, where landmark bills pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir have been passed with overwhelming support!

I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles.  A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!

20:06 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Kashmir Valley blacked out

The situation in three regions of Jammu and Kashmir is totally peaceful, top officials said have said. However, that did little to dispel the anxiety for lakhs of Kashmiris and many others as another day went by with the Valley blacked out. With few workable phone and internet connections, just smatterings of information filtered out from the curtain of non-communication.

19:54 (IST)06 Aug 2019
What Scindia and Milind Deora said on Article 370

Jyotiraditya Scindia on Article 370: I support the move on Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.


Milind Deora: Very unfortunate that Article 370 is being converted into a liberal vs conservative debate. Parties should put aside ideological fixations and debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in Jammu and Kashmir, jobs for Kashmiri youth and justice for Kashmiri Pandits.

19:42 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Congress divided over Article 370

The Congress is completely divided over the revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Several Congress leaders across the country have gone against the party’s stand in Parliament. First senior Congress leaders Janardan Dwivedi went against the party and today its general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia and Deepender Hooda extended their support to the move. “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this,” he said on Twitter.

19:29 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Modi govt scripts history

The Narendra Modi government created history by getting the resolution to scrap Article 370 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill passed in Parliament. The resolution revoking Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was passed with 351 MPs voting in favour, while just 72 against it. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill was passed with 370 MPs for it against 70.

19:09 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Resolution to scrap Article 370 cleared in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha clears Centre’s resolution to scrap Article 370. With this,  Jammu and Kashmir loses special status.  351 MPs voted in favour of the resolution, while  72 against it. 

18:59 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Jyotiraditya Scindia backs Centre on Article 370

Jyotiraditya Scindia backs Centre on Article 370.  “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.”

18:49 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Article 370 hurt minorities in Jammu and Kashmir

It was said that the removal of Section 370 was a communal agenda. Do not Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs live in Jammu and Kashmir? There is an injustice to minorities due to Article 370 due to non-minority commission: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

18:34 (IST)06 Aug 2019
We’re correcting a historic wrong: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: Asaduddin Owaisi said we are going to commit a historical mistake. We are not going to commit a historical mistake, we are going to correct one. After five yrs, seeing development in Jammu and Kashmir under the leadership of PM Modi, people of the valley will understand drawbacks of Article 370.

18:29 (IST)06 Aug 2019
How much do you discuss on Article 370: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

How much do you discuss? Whom to discuss? Discuss with those who take inspiration from Pakistan? Discussion is not denied but some decisions have to be taken: Amit Shah on why government consulted with stakeholders of Jammu and Kashmir.

18:25 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Jammu and Kashmir statehood: Won’t take us 70 years, says Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah seeks to remind Congress of how Article 370, a temporary provision, continued for 70 years. He was responding to the concerns raised by the Opposition over the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood. Shah sought to assure the House that it will be reinstated at an appropriate time when conditions are favourable. “It won’t take us 70 years, that much I can assure you.”

18:25 (IST)06 Aug 2019
India expects other countries to not comment on our internal matter: MEA

Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019 is an internal matter concerning the territory of India. India doesn’t comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise. So far as India-China Boundary Question is concerned, the two sides have agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of boundary question on the basis of Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for Settlement of India-China Boundary Question. 

18:16 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Amit Shah corners Congress in Lok Sabha

Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: Who took Kashmir to the United Nations, it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. History will decide if this decision (to revoke 370) is right or not, but whenever it will be discussed, PM Narendra Modi will be remembered by the people.  

18:10 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Amit Shah replies to debate on Article 370 in Lok Sabha 

Home Minister Amit Shah explains why special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir is different from that of provisions given to other states such as North-eastern states and Maharahstra. 

I assure the people of north-eastern states that the Narendra Modi government has no intention of revoking Article 371: Amit Shah

17:55 (IST)06 Aug 2019
PM Modi arrives in Lok Sabha to a rousing welcome

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Lok Sabha where a debate on Article 370 is underway to a rousing welcome by the BJP MPs. 

17:49 (IST)06 Aug 2019
UAE backs India on move to scrap Article 370

UAE has taken note of the Indian government’s decision of non-operationalisation of some sections of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution related to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The reorganisation of states is not a unique incident in the history of independent India and that it was mainly aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency. It is an internal matter as stipulated by the Indian Constitution: UAE media quoted Dr Ahmad Al Banna as saying.

17:45 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Asaduddin Owaisi questions spacial status to other states

When can Asaduddin Owaisi buy agricultural land in Himachal Pradesh? When can I go to Lakshadweep without a permit? What will happen on Eid on Monday? AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha . 

17:41 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Will take the case of Kashmir to UN: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Joint Session of Parliament: “We will take the case of Kashmir to the United Nations and apprise the International community of the treatment of minorities in India under the racist ideology of the BJP.”

17:26 (IST)06 Aug 2019
It’s a must hear — PM Modi hails Ladakh MP’s speech on Article 370

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal’s ‘outstanding speech’ in the Lok Sabha on Article 370.

17:16 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Are you trying to imitate China: Asaduddin Owaisi asks Centre

Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha: I stand to oppose the bill. Definitely, BJP has lived up to the electoral promise in their manifesto, but you have not lived up to your constitutional duties. You have indulged in breach of a constitutional promise. Are you trying to imitate China?

What will happen on Eid? Eid is on Monday. Are you assuming that Kashmiris instead of sacrificing lamb should sacrifice themselves? If you want that I’m sure they will do that, they’ve been doing that.

16:23 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Farooq Abdullah not under detention, reiterates Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah says in Lok Sabha, “I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum (One can not put a gun on his head and bring him here if doesn’t want to).”

16:14 (IST)06 Aug 2019
This is not India I believe in: Farooq Abdullah

Why would I stay inside my house on my own will when my state is being burnt, when my people are being executed in jails? This is not the India I believe in, says Farooq Abdullah

16:04 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Farooq Abdullah contradicts Amit Shah, claims to be under arrest

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has contradicted Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Parliament that the veteran National Conference leader has neither been arrested nor been put under house arrest. READ FULL STORY HERE  

16:00 (IST)06 Aug 2019
We also maintain J&K is an integral part of India: Shashi Tharoor

The claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India is even our claim, there is no politics over it. We are calling it a dark day for the democracy because of the way the whole process have been carried out with consulting the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Two of the former CMs have been put under detention, says Congress MP Shashi Tharoor

15:51 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Two families will lose their job after Article 370’s abolition: Ladakh BJP MP

Hitting out at the Congress, NCP and PDP for opposing removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said that a majority of people in Ladakh and Kargil have welcomed the move. Namgyal said the Congress has no right to speak about secularism and equality. “What will be lost with this decision? Sirf do pariwar rozi-roti khoyenge aur Kashmir ka bhavishya ujjwal hone wala hai,” he said.

15:14 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Akhilesh Yadav rakes up PoK in Lok Sabha

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav rakes up the issue of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Demands the government to clarify its stand. “We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Government should answer this,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

15:06 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Is the public of J&K happy or not, wonders Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav wondered whether the residents of Jammu and Kashmir were happy with the government’s move or not. “Is the public of Jammu and Kashmir happy with this decision or not? We would like to know,” Akhilesh said in the Lok Sabha.

14:58 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Farooq abdullah has neither been detained, nor arrested: Amit Shah

Supriya Sule, NCP MP says “I sit on seat 462, Farooq Abdullah sits on seat 461. He’s elected from J&K, we can’t hear him today.This debate will be incomplete if you ask me.

Amit Shah replied to this saying,”Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested. He’s at his home,out of his own free will”

14:50 (IST)06 Aug 2019
BSP and TRS MP lend support to Article 370 resolution

In the Lok Sabha, BSP MP Girish Chandra and TRS MP Nama Nageswara Rao support the proposal to amend Article 370.

14:33 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Sachin Pilot: Hope that peace prevails

Sachin Pilot, deputy CM of Rajasthan tweeted that there was no justification for arresting former CMs and treating them at par with separatists.

14:21 (IST)06 Aug 2019
JD-U walks out of the Lok Sabha

Janata Dal (U) walked out of the Lok Sabha over the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. The party had also staged a walkout on Monday when the bill was being discussed in the Rajya Sabha.

13:56 (IST)06 Aug 2019
BJP should have talked to all stakeholders: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that TMC cannot support this bill. “They should have spoken to all political parties and the Kashmiris. If you need to arrive at a permanent solution, then you have to talk to all stakeholders,” Banerjee said.

13:39 (IST)06 Aug 2019
Rupee suffers biggest single-day drop in 6 years amid Kashmir unrest

On Monday, the rupee suffered the biggest single-day drop in past six years — to close at a five-month low of 70.73, owing to heavy capital outflows by investors anxious over the US-China trade tension, a sharp devaluation in yuan and uncertainty over Kashmir issue. Read full story here.

13:22 (IST)06 Aug 2019
There is no issue such as Kashmir issue: Jitendra Pradhan

The common man of Kashmir has moved on, some of the politicians are still stuck in the past: Union minister Jitendra Pradhan

There is no such issue as Kashmir issue. As repeating this phrase, we give arsenal to those who want to divide India.

Leaders of various mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir during an all-party meeting in Srinagar held at Farooq Abdullah’s residence. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)
The Rajya Sabha also voted for the consideration of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which seeks to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. While Ladakh will be a UT without its own legislature, J-K will have its legislature. Both UTs will be governed by Lieutenant Governors. Speaking in the House today, the Home Minister also informed that making J-K a Union Territory is a temporary step and it will be made a state again once the conditions are right.

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First published on: 05-08-2019 at 07:38 IST