Around seven lakh-odd Kashmiri Pandits had to flee Kashmir Valley as a result of being targeted by JKLF and Islamist insurgents in 1989-90. Most families were resettled in Jammu, National Capital Region surrounding Delhi and other neighbouring states.
Now, 2019 — it's time for celebration for the Kashmiri Pandits as Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved a historic resolution in Rajya Sabha that all clauses of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will not be applicable in the state.
Watch the video above where Kashmiri Pandits can be seen celebrating in Delhi.
Making a statement, Shah said this will come into effect when the President signs gives assent and the central government notifies it. Shah said: "We should not hesitate even for a second to remove Article 370. I appeal to the Opposition to discuss on this issue as the country wants to know why the Article 370 remained for so long?"
The Home Minister further added: "Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted Jammu and Kashmir for years. Due to Article 370, the people of Jammu and Kashmir live in poverty. They could not get the benefits of reservation."
The government on Monday also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.
Making the announcement in Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the UT in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.
Shah introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.
(With inputs from agencies)