Article 370 scrapped: Rajya Sabha passes J&K Reorganisation Bill
In a big win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Centre, the J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019, was passed in Rajya Sabha on Monday.
This came hours after Centre revoked Article 370 of the constitution.
Shah reminded Article 370 was a "temporary solution"
Defending the Bill, Shah listed all the reasons why Article 370 should not be a part of the constitution anymore.
He reminded the article, which granted special status to J&K, was introduced as a "temporary provision".
Shah said the contentious article bred terrorism in the valley, promoted corruption, and ensured locals remain far away from development.
Interestingly, J&K will not remain a UT "forever"
In yet another major announcement, Shah said J&K will not always remain a Union Territory.
"I want to assure them when the situation gets normal & the right time comes, we're ready to make J&K a state again. It may take a little longer, but it will become a state once again, one day," Shah said, addressing concerns of opposition parties.
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What does this Bill propose?
Ladakh will be governed by Lieutenant Governor alone and will include districts of Leh and Kargil. The remaining territories will remain with J&K. Further, out of six Lok Sabha seats of J&K, five will remain with J&K Union Territory, and one will go to Ladakh.
President will appoint L-G, Centre's advisors will assist him
Moreover, Bill underlines that both the UTs will have a common Lieutenant Governor. Satya Pal Malik, who is the governor of J&K, will handle the role for the time being "for such period as may be determined by the President of India".
Additionally, the Bill states President will appoint L-G under article 239. Advisors appointed by Centre will assist L-G.
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