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Day after scrapping of Art 370, NSA Ajit Doval visits J&K, interacts with locals


Jammu, Aug 7 (IBNS): A day after the Indian Parliament gave its nod for the withdrawal of special status and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was seen in a video, which has surfaced online, interacting with few locals in Shopian district on Wednesday, media reports said.

While lunching with the locals, Doval inquired about their well-being, reported Times Now.He also met Indian Army jawans.

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After the Upper House clearance, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the contentious bill to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

The Lower House passed the Bill reorganising Jammu and Kashmir by two-thirds majority in its favour. It also passed Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill.

With the passage of the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, this session of the Lok Sabha comes to an end sine die.

In his reply to the debate on revoking Article 370 in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “Article 370 had put doubts in the mind of people that Kashmir is a part of India.”

“What have the people of Jammu and Kashmir got from Article 370–nothing,” said Amit Shah adding: “It has only encouraged terrorism.”

Shah stated, “I want to state that J&K is an inalienable part of India. There are no two versions about that.”

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Shah said that for 70 years, people of India have harboured this aspiration in their hearts that Kashmir must be an integral part of India. Article 370 was the only roadblock to realize this goal. He thanked the Prime Minister for this historic step to remove this roadblock for ever.

He said a historic blunder has been corrected and a new Kashmir would be built out of the scrapping of the Article 370.

In a landmark day which witnessed day-long debates, the Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 which proposes to bifurcate the terror-hit northern state into two Union Territories – J&K, a Union Territory with Legislative Assembly, and Ladakh, a UT without Legislative Assembly.

Also the Modi government scrapped Article 35 A and Article 370 which were used to give Jammu and Kashmir a special status.

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allows the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and also provides special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

Article 370 allows Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag and right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.

The Bill will soon become a law with the clearance of both the Houses of the Parliament.


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