Putting an end to suspense related to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed to remove the Article 370 of Indian Constitution, which grants special status to the northernmost state, in Rajya Sabha.
As Shah spoke in the Upper House, Opposition parties erupted in protests. Before his speech, Shah asked parties to hear him out.
Ghulam Nabi Azad said war-like situation in Kashmir
In the House, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu urged Opposition parties to give Shah a chance to speak.
On the current situation in Kashmir, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Entire valley is under curfew, political leaders including three former chief ministers are under house arrest. There is a war-like situation in the state, so this should be discussed on priority."
BJP keeps its five-decade old promise
Scrapping Article 370 has been one of the most prominent ideologies of BJP and its parent wing RSS. In the run-up for 2019 elections, when BJP released its manifesto, the top brass of the saffron party had maintained that Article 370 was suggested as a temporary solution.
The BJP has been claiming that other parties didn't remove it for their "political benefits".
Ram Madhav, BJP's man in J&K, welcomed move
What a glorious day. Finally d martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukharjee for compete integration of JK into Indian Union is being honoured and d seven decade old demand of d entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our life time.Ever imagined?🙏