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.”