Live Article 370 revoked: J&K now Union Territory with legislature

PM Modi , Amit Shah
PM Modi , Amit Shah

New Delhi, AUg 5: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved the resolution in Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which provides “special status” to the state.

Day of shame, shame, shame: Vaiko

Slamming the NDA government for passing the resolution on Article 370 in Rajya Sabha, MDMK chief Vaiko said, “You have played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir. When additional army personnel were deployed there, I was worried. Kashmir should not become Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan. I am opposing this Bill (Article 370). This is a day of shame, shame, shame…this is murder of democracy.”

Nitish Kumar carries tradition of JP, Lohia and George Fernandes; we won’t support resolution on Article 370: JD(U)
NDA ally Janata Dal United has said that it will not support the resolution on Article 370. “Our chief Nitish Kumar is carrying forward the tradition of JP Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and George Fernandes. So our party is not supporting the Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha today. We have different thinking. We want that Article 370 should not be revoked,” KC Tyagi of the JDU said in Parliament.

The Gazette notification issued by the government declared that that special status of Jammu and Kashmir has been revoked with immediate effect.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Monday described the Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution as “the darkest day in Indian democracy”.

“Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K,” the former Chief Minister tweeted.

“It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. GOI’s intentions are clear. They want the territory of J&K by terrorising its people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” she said.

After the cabinet security meeting, full cabinet meeting is currently underway at the prime minister Narendra Modi’s residence to apprise the ministers of the situation in Kashmir.

Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley, the officials said, adding that satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates. The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from midnight.

As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed.

09:22 (IST)

Amit Shah met with Doval and home secy Rajiv Gauba
Earlier on Sunday, Amit Shah is reported to have met with top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, and is believed to have discussed the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

09:18 (IST)

Manish Tewari, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K Suresh give Adjournment Motion notice over Kashmir issue in Lok Sabha
Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari has given an adjournment notice on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the prevailing tensions and situation in Kashmir. Apart from Tewari, senior party leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and K Suresh have also given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Kashmir issue.

09:01 (IST)

All communications snapped in Jammu and Kashmir
All means of communications have been snapped in Jammu and Kashmir, more journalists confirmed on social medi

No Section 144 in Ladakh; schools and colleges to function normally
Schools to reopen normally in Ladakh region on Monday after summer vacations, ANI reports. The report adds that classes will resume normally in colleges and other educational institutions as well.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have not been imposed in the region.

No idea what is in store for our state but it doesn’t look good: Abdullah
A few hours after the leaders were put in house arrest, Abdullah said, “While I’ve been focused on Kashmir I must add a word for people in Kargil, Ladakh & Jammu. I’ve no idea what is in store for our state but it doesn’t look good” and urged the people to stay calm.

‘Please stay calm’, tweet Kashmir leaders
The top three mainstream leaders — Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone — who were placed under house arrest on Sunday night, took to twitter and requested everyone to “stay calm”.

Sharing his detention news on social media, Lone tweeted, “Detained yet again. first detained in Delhi. Then in Sringar in 1990. Those detention centres were very harsh. Our workers r being sought by the police. My prayers with them. And hope they stay calm.”

In a series of tweets after he was placed under house arrest, Abdullah urged the people of Kashmir to have faith and to stay calm. “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that whatever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM.”

World watches as people and their voices are being muzzled in Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti
In a series of tweets, former chief minister of state and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Hearing reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night. In such difficult times, I’d like to assure our people that come what may, we are in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to strive for what’s rightfully ours.”

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