Article 370 On Kashmir’s Special Status To Go, Says Amit Shah

  • Article 370 scrapped: Jammu & Kashmir no longer a state, to be a Union Territory with legislature; and Ladakh to be a Union Territory without legislature.

New Delhi, August 5: Amid the confusion over the deployment of security forces and the imposition of Section 144 in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed scrapping of Article 370 on the floor of Rajya Sabha Monday. ‘Not all provisions of Article 370 will be applicable in Kashmir,’ he said.

Article 370 of the Constitution is a ‘temporary provision’ which grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Keeping in view the prevailing internal security situation, fuelled by cross border terrorism in the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, a separate Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir is being created, the statement added.

Amit Shah spoke amid massive protests from the opposition over turmoil in the state and an unprecedented lockdown that included the house arrest of former chief ministers like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.