Guwahati: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on August 5th, 2019 hailed the ‘bold move’ of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ‘correct the monumental historical wrong’ by scrapping the Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). He stated that the ‘epoch-making decision’ will pave way for a ‘new India’.
Sarma took to Twitter and wrote, “In an epoch-making decision, NDA government led by PM Sri @narendramodi scraps Article 370 on Jammu & Kashmir. Congratulations to HM Sri @AmitShah for steering this bold move on way to correcting a monumental historical wrong. #NewIndia is blooming.”
He added, “The scrapping of #Article370 is a giant leap forward by NDA government towards ensuring #BharatEKHai A glorious day for us!.”
Sarma stated that the ‘extraordinary decision’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Article 370 demonstrates the ‘sturdiness’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party’. “Huge applause for HM Sri @AmitShah for writing a historic new script for #NewIndia,” he tweeted.
Shah on August 5th, 2019 moved a resolution at the Rajya Sabha to scrap the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in J&K and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. The J&K will now be governed by the laws applicable to other Indian citizens.
The Rajya Sabha was rocked by an uproar by the Opposition following Shah’s proposal to remove all provisions of Article 370, which guarantees special status to J&K.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is currently under house arrest, slammed the move. “It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. GOIs intentions are clear. They want the territory of J&K by terrorising its people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” she tweeted.
“GOIs intention is clear & sinister. They want to change demography of the only muslim majority state in India , disempower Muslims to the extent where they become second class citizens in their own state,” she further added.
Along with Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone were also put under house arrest as the authorities imposed restrictions in multiple districts in the state. “’m especially concerned about the people living in the Pir Panchal & Chenab Valley regions. These areas have been very susceptible to attempts at communal violence. I hope the Govt has taken adequate precautions to ensure no communal trouble breaks out,” Abdullah tweeted.
What is Article 370
Article 370 of the Indian constitution was an article that gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The article is drafted in Part XXI of the Constitution: Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions.
The Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, after its establishment, was empowered to recommend the articles of the Indian constitution that should be applied to the state or to abrogate the Article 370 altogether.
After the J&K Constituent Assembly later created the state’s constitution and dissolved itself without recommending the abrogation of Article 370, the article was deemed to have become a permanent feature of the Indian Constitution.