Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation updates

Darkest day in Indian democracy, says Mehbooba Mufti after announcement of bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The government, on Monday, introduced a resolution to remove provisions of Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

In addition, Home Minister Amit Shah also introduced a Bill bifurcating the State of Jammu of Kashmir into Union Territory of Ladakh and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Here are the live updates:

Haryana Police has issued an alert across the State. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said that all Commissioners of Police and district Superintendents of Police have been directed to take adequate steps for safety and security of Kashmiri students studying in various educational institutes in the State.

Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh instructs all district police chiefs and divisional police chiefs to not allow any kind of motorcycle rallies or processions keeping in view the situation around J&K. Issues advisory to police to ensure safety of Kashmiri students and working people and protect them from misbehavior.

5.40 P.M.
The RSS on Monday congratulated the Central government for taking away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

“We congratulate the government for this bold initiative which was very much necessary in national interest, including the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Everyone should welcome this notwithstanding any personal interests or political differences,” said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and his deputy Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi through its official Twitter account. — Devesh Kumar Pandey

5.30 P.M.
Shah introduces J&K resolutions in LS
Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha for bringing a bill to reorganise the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Moving the resolution following the President’s order abrogating Article 370, Mr. Shah sought the permission of the House to bring the bill.

He assured the Opposition members that he would move the bill and the resolution for consideration of the House on Tuesday and was only seeking the permission of the House for the same now.

“I will move the bill for consideration and passage tomorrow. The Opposition can have detailed discussion on the same. I am ready to give the reply,” he told the House, amid protests by Opposition members and thumping of desks by treasury benches. – PTI

Explained | How the status of Jammu and Kashmir is being changed
Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed special status under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. This Article describes it as a temporary provision and that it will cease to be operative if the President issues a public notification to that effect. However, prior to that, a recommendation is necessary from the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir.

As a result of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir had its own Constitution, and all laws passed by Parliament will not be applicable to the State, unless the State government gives its concurrence. The President is empowered to decide what provisions of the Constitution of India would be applicable to the State and what are the exceptions, but with the State government’s concurrence.