Home Minister Amit Shah has proposed the abrogation of Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir while addressing Rajya Sabha on Monday, August 5. He announced that the government has decided to repeal Article 370 and 35 A of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bars people from rest of the country from buying land within the state premises. The government has also decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature.
After the resolution was tabled in the parliament, several political leaders came forward to hail the decision of the Modi government. Joining the bandwagon was Chandigarh MP, actress turned politician, Kirron Kher. The BJP lawmaker took to Twitter and shared a cheerful post to celebrate the occasion. Sharing a throwback picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from a rally against Article 370, she wrote, "Modi hai to mumkin hai' and congratulated the Home Minister and Prime Minister of India.
Here's the post:
मोदी है तो मुमकिन है— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) August 5, 2019
जम्मू कश्मीर से धारा 370 व 35 A हटाने का पूरा श्रेय माननीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी और केंद्रीय ग्रह मंत्री @AmitShah जी को जाता है।
भारत माता की जय 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/RWJce44eEd
Meanwhile, Kirron's husband veteran actor Anupam Kher who is a Kashmiri Pandit also lauded the government for the remarkable move. In a recent video that has surfaced on the internet, he can be heard saying, "Today marks a remarkable day in the history of our great nation India. The most damaging Article 370 has been abolished by Modi govt from J&K. Being a Kashmiri myself its an emotionally powerful moment to witness, history unfold before my own eyes."
Watch the full video here:
#WATCH Anupam Kher in New York: Today marks a remarkable day in the history of our great nation India. The most damaging #Article370 has been abolished by Modi govt from J&K. pic.twitter.com/em2C8Ys6Qi— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
Incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential order, Article 35 A defines the permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving special rights and privileges to the state subjects. It stems from Article 370 that gives an autonomous right to Jammu and Kashmir.
The article is also referred to as Permanent Residents Law and bars woman belonging to the state from any property rights if she marries a person from outside the state. Even the children of such women do not get the right as they do not have any succession rights over the property.
It exempts Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricts Parliament's legislative powers in Jammu and Kashmir. It was passed in the Constituent Assembly on May 27, 1949, and is the first article of Part XXI of the Indian Constitution. The heading of this part is ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions.’ Abrogating Article 370 also has the effect of abrogating Article 35A.