AIADMK supports Centre’s decisions on J&K; DMK, MDMK protest

While the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today supported the Central government’s move to scrap Article 370 and to bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories, the opposition DMK and MDMK protested the decisions in Parliament.

The government today abolished Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution on Article
370 as also the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019
amid massive uproar by opposition parties. He informed the
House that President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the official notification abrogating Article 370.

A statement from Amit Shah said, “The Ladakh Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir has a large area but is sparsely populated with very difficult terrain. There has been a long-pending demand of the people of Ladakh to give it the status of a Union Territory to enable them to realise their aspirations.”

“The Union Territory of Ladakh will be without Legislature,” the statement said and added: “Further, keeping in view the prevailing internal security situation, fuelled by cross-border terrorism in the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, a separate Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir is being created. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be with legislature.”

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said, “Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.”

Two Peoples Democratic Party MPs in the Rajya Sabha have written to them seeking their support to get answers from the government in Parliament on the situation in Kashmir.