Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, on the 7th of August, approved the resolution to abrogate Article 370, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, on the 5th of August, introduced the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha passed the Bill, following which, it was tabled in the Lok Sabha.
On the 6th of August, the Lok Sabha also approved the Bill, with a majority of 370 votes.
While many parties supported the Bill, the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Indian National Congress (INC,) the National Conference, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) opposed the Bill.
Later in the evening, when the MPs voted to decide the fate of Article 370, approximately 351 MPs voted in favour of scrapping it, whereas 72 voted against it. On the other hand, 370 MPs voted in favour of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019, while 70 voted against it.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, Jammu and Kashmir will be one union territory (UT) and Ladakh will be another UT.
Jammu and Kashmir will also have to follow the Constitution of India.
President Kovind’s approval came after both the houses of Parliament passed the Bill. The President’s office released a notification which read, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 370 read with clause (1) of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, the President, on the recommendation of Parliament, is pleased to declare that, as from the 6th August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative… (sic.)”
The Central Government is, on the 7th of August, expected to appoint the Lieutenant Governors for the UTs Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Stay tuned for further updates.