LIVE Kashmir Update: Amit Shah proposes to repeal Article 370 giving Kashmir Special Status

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Putting days of speculation to rest, NDA Government’s Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the Indian Parliament today.

Since the past couple of days, the Government had been sending troops to Jammu and Kashmir, abruptly ending the Amarnath Yatra and many other actions that had set a political storm. Late night, many Kashmiri leaders including Mehbuba Mufti and Omar Abdulllah were put under house arrest and internet services were curtailed.

Not only that, a curfew under Section 144 was also imposed prohibiting more than 4 persons assembling in public areas.

In background of all this, Amit Shah addressed the upper house of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha, at 11 AM IST today announcing the government’s proposal to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution today.

Article 370 gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. By virtue of this Article, many laws do not apply to the contentious state making it impossible for Indian citizens from other states to buy property there.

The government has also proposed to apply Article 3 to the Bill which allows for delimiting of state boundaries. It has comes to light that the government has also proposed to make Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory bringing it under the direct control of the government.

The area of Ladakh will be separated from the rest of the state.

Stay tuned for more updates.

-Mrinaal Datt

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