Amit Shah’s announcement that Article 370 will be revoked is met with a massive uproar from the Oppositon and account of the ensuing ruckus, the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned.
Amit Shah announces that Article 370 that grants Jammu and Kashmir special status will be revoked.
The Rajya Sabha has got off to a chaotic start with the opposition raining questions on the J&K situation at home minister Amit Shah who rose to introduce a bill on implementing the 10% EWS quota in J&K. Shah says he is ready to answer all questions on Kashmir. There is mounting speculation that the announcement may be in connection with Article 370 and Article 35A which guarantee special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir.
Back in the Valley, three of Jammu and Kashmir’s most prominent politicians — Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone are under house arrest amid a massive security-built up in the state. Internet services and mobile services have been suspended in several places and all public gatherings are banned in Srinagar district as section 144 was imposed from midnight.
In Rajya Sabha, Chairman says he is not allowing the adjournment motion but allows the members to raise the issue on Kashmir situation during debate on The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Home Minister Amit Shah rises to speak. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad intervenes. He assures that the Bill will be passed but wants the government to inform the House what is happening in the region. Shah replied to the contention raised by Azad saying that he is ready to address all issues related to Kashmir.