The Hush Post|11:23 pm|one-minute-read|
The Home Minister Amit Shah today while addressing the Rajya Sabha introduced a bill that Article 370 should be revoked from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Amidst heavy ruckus by the opposition, Home Minister Shah also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be reorganized geographically.
Also, the region around Ladakh will now be a Union Territory without legislature and will not be part of J&K. However, the state of J&K too will be a Union Territory though with a legislature.
Soon after the announcement, the opposition leaders came down to the well in protest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will convene an all-party meeting anytime soon and address the nation regarding the issue on August 7.
What is Article 370
Article 370 is an article that gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The article is drafted in Part XXI of the Constitution: Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions. The Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir after its establishment was empowered to recommend the articles of the Indian constitution that should be applied to the state or to abrogate the Article 370 altogether. After the J&K Constituent Assembly later created the state constitution and dissolved itself without recommending the abrogation of Article 370, the article was deemed to have become a permanent feature of the Indian Constitution. However, constitutional experts differ on the point whether the provision is temporary or permanent.