Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed a bill in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 which in the guise of giving Jammu and Kashmir special status had the effect of differentiating it from the rest of the country in numerous ways, paving the way for its complete integration with India. In addition, Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories - J&K and Ladakh - with the former having a legislature and the latter now. In making the move, the BJP, among other things, also worked towards fulfilling a promise made its 2019 election manifesto.
East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to say that the BJP had accomplished what no one could and that the Indian flag will now fly high in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah along with the entire nation on the scrapping of Article 35A.
Here's what Gambhir said:
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 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’. Repealing Article 370 has the automatic effect of undoing Article 35A