Bill to scrap IOK’s special status tabled in Lok Sabha after approval from Rajya Sabha

Bill to scrap IOK’s special status tabled in Lok Sabha after approval from Rajya Sabha

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Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday has presented bill to revoke special status of occupied Kashmir and to bifurcate it into two union territories in Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament) following approval from Rajya Sabha (upper house of the parliament).

Addressing the session, Amit Shah said this bill and resolution will ensure that the occupied Kashmir will remain with India forever. Converting Ladakh to union territory has been a long standing demand, he added.

He also informed the House about president’s statutory resolutions repealing Article 370 of the Constitution and said that occupied Kashmir is an integral part of India.There cannot be any legal or constitutional dispute about this, he asserted.

Meanwhile, brouhaha was erupted as opposition members exchanged barbs with Amit Shah over abolishing Kashmir’s status, demanding to withdraw the decision as it is against the Shimla pact.


Indian govt ends occupied Kashmir s special status


Earlier, while addressing the session in Rajya Sabah, Amit Shah had announced to end special status of the Kashmir while scrapping articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution.

Shah said, “Kashmir will no longer be a state. It will be divided into two union territories – Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature.”

He also told that the valley would be re-organized geographically.”

The revocation of the articles has allowed other non-Muslim Indian citizens to buy land in the valley while a separate legislative assembly will be established there for its own laws.

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