A day after the Rajya Sabha passed a decision repealing Article 370 for Jammu Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into 2-Union Territories, the Lok Sabha will vote on the J&K Reorganisation Bill today. Declaring the government’s move in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah said the controversial plans were responsible for poverty and lack of progress in the state.
Reducing opposition fears of all emergency breaking loose after the move, Shah responded, “nothing will happen”, and it won’t be issued to turn into added battle-torn Kosovo.
“It was paradise on earth and will remain so,” he said, responding to the debate on the purpose and the Bill which were taken up together. He said full statehood would be returned to J&K at “appropriate time” and after “normalcy” returns.
The Bill affords for bifurcation of the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “Article 370 is the most important obstacle to normalcy in the state,” he said, adding his gov.. was committed to making Jammu and Kashmir the most developed state in the country.
Terrorism, he said, cannot be eliminated from the state until Article 370 and 35A are in existence.
The 2-articles of the Constitution, which give Jammu and Kashmir a special status and do not allow all laws of India to apply to the state, have hindered development and bred corruption, he said.
The Rajya Sabha passed a bill to extend 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in the state as well as the resolution on repealing Article 370 by voice vote.
The Trinamool Congress, which vehemently opposed the resolution, walked out before Shah began to reply to the debate on it. However, the Bill to Bifurcate J&K the state was approved by 125 votes in favour and 61 against it. One member abstained. The BSP, BJD, AIADMK and YSR-Congress voted in favour of the Bill.