The centre govt. has revoked the article 370, which grant Jammu and Kashmir, a special status, told Home Minister Amit Shah to the parliament today.
Days after of speculation triggered by developments that served as a prelude to the unprecedented decision, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday announced in Rajya Sabha that Article 370 will be scrapped via an executive decision and the state will be bifurcated into two union territories – a Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one.
The state remains on edge as restrictions have been imposed in several parts, the internet and phone lines have been forced out of service in J&K. Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Sajad Lone – the three most prominent politicians from the state – were placed under house arrest last night.
The Union Cabinet met this morning to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting. After that, all the ministers and the PM moved to parliament for Amit Shah’s big announcement.
The government has banned large gatherings and public meetings as a precautionary measure. Schools and colleges in Jammu, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Doda and Reasi districts were also ordered to remain closed on Monday, the officials said.
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