After the Centre on August 5th, 2019 scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), former Mizoram chief minister and president of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee Lal Thanhawla expressed concern over the developments.
He tweeted, “It has become a threat to states like Mizoram, Nagaland & Arunachal which are protected by the Consitution.”
Amidst the massive uproar, the Rajya Sabha on August 5th, 2019 passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill that seeks to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A in J&K, while also bifurcating the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Total of 125 members voted in favour of the passage of the resolution and 61 voted against it.
On the night of August 5th, 2019, former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone were arrested after being put under house arrest.
The Lok Sabha will take up the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing on August 6th, 2019.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 06, 2019