RS Approves Resolution Effectively Revoking Articles 370, 35A

The bill to split the state in two UTs was passed by 125 votes in favour and 61 against.

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Rajya Sabha on Monday, 5 August, approved a resolution effectively revoking the special constitutional status of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir and passed a Bill to split the state into two Union Territories, as Home Minister Amit Shah promised to restore full statehood after normalcy is restored in the militancy-hit region.

The House passed the resolution to abrogate Article 370 and the accompanying Article 35A, ending seven decades of autonomous state government.

The bill to split the state in two UTs ⁠-- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh -- was passed by 125 votes in favour and 61 against. One member abstained from voting while two PDP members were debarred from the day's proceedings after they tore a copy of the Constitution of India in the House to protest against the move.

While the resolution was passed by voice vote, Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, YSR-Congress, TDP, BJD and AIADMK supported the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.

TMC, which earlier in the day vehemently opposed the abrogation of Article 370, staged a walkout before Shah began to reply to the debate.

Allaying Opposition’s fears of the ramifications move, Shah replied, "nothing will happen" and the region won't be allowed to turn into another battle-torn Kosovo.

"It was heaven on earth and will remain so," he said replying to the debate on the resolution and the bill which were taken up together.

He said full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at an "appropriate time" and after "normalcy" returns.

(With inputs from PTI)

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