A day after Rajya Sabha took the momentous decision and passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill 2019, the bill will be taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Centre on Monday scrapped the Article 370 through Presidential Order, however, in order to pass the J&K (Reorganisation) Bill 2019, it will require to clear passage from both Houses of the Parliament. With Rajya Sabha clearing the Bill, it is going to be tabled in Lok Sabha and is likely to be passed with BJP's majority in the Lower House. On Monday, Rajya Sabha cleared the bill with 125 against 61 votes.
Along with the J&K (Reorganisation) Bill 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to repeal Article 370, that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, in the Rajya Sabha. President Ram Nath Kovind exercised his power under Clause 1 of Article 370 to scrap Article 370. With the order, Article 35A, which provided special privileges to “permanent residents" of the state has also been scrapped. Now, people from outside the state can buy property in the state.
Earlier, the Article exempted the 'state' of Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricted Parliament's legislative powers in the 'state'.
Home Minister Amit Shah moved a proposal in the Rajya Sabha on Jammu and Kashmir to bifurcate the state into Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory with Legislature, and Ladakh with no Legislature. However, on being questioned members of the Opposition parties as to how long the state of J&K would remain a Union Territory if the amendment was passed, the Home Minister added that the status of Jammu and Kashmir will return to statehood after things will normalize in the state.
"Let me assure all of you, that Jammu and Kashmir will regain its statehood once things normalize," Amit Shah said.