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 were 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.
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif came forward and wrote here's to more inclusiveness and may there be peace and love.
Read Kaif's tweet here:
Earlier, Kaif's former Indian team-mate Suresh Raina had also hailed this as a 'Landmark' move. The 2011 World Cup winner wrote that it was a landmark move to scrap Article 370 and that he was looking forward to smoother, and more inclusive times.
This comes after Shah met with PM Narendra Modi during the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security and later in the Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Shah had also held a one-hour meeting with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad before his meeting with the Prime Minister.
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 has the effect of also doing away with Article 35A.
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.