LIVE: Govt passes Parliament test on Kashmir bills, Modi hails 'new dawn'

Lok Sabha on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.

The resolution was passed by Lok Sabha with 351 members voting in its support and 72 against it, while one member abstained.

The bill to create two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh -- was passed in the House by 370 votes in favour and 70 against.

The resolution and the bill were approved by Rajya Sabha on Monday.


8:30 PM IST PM Narendra Modi has tweeted congratulatory mesaages to Home Minister Amit Shah and political parties who took part in the Lok Sabha debates around Bills reorganising Kashmir. He said the passage of the Bills were a tribute to Sardar Patel, B R Ambedkar and Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. PM Modi called it a "momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy".  Following are some of the Prime Minister's tweets: Together we are, together we shall rise and together we will fulfil the dreams of 130 crore Indians! A momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy, where landmark bills pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir have been passed with overwhelming support! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits! — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 The passage of key Bills pertaining to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel, who worked for India’s unity, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose views are well known and Dr. SP Mookerjee who devoted his life for India’s unity and integrity. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 In Parliament, political parties rose to the occasion, overcame ideological differences and took part in a rich debate that increased the pride of our Parliamentary democracy. For that, I congratulate all MPs, various political parties and their leaders. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 People of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh would be proud that MPs overcame differences and discussed the future of these regions as well as ensuring peace, progress and prosperity there. The widespread support can be clearly seen in the final numbers, 125:61 in RS and 370:70 in LS. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 Our Home Minister @AmitShah Ji has been continuously working towards ensuring a better life for the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. His commitment and diligence is clearly visible in the passage of these Bills. I would like to specially congratulate Amit Bhai! @HMOIndia — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019

7:31 PM IST Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia says he supports move on J-K and Ladakh and Kashmir's full integration into Union of India. Scindia says on Twitter "constitutional process" should have been followed. I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India. Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this. — Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 6, 2019

7:10 PM IST Lok Sabha votes in favour of Bill reorganising Jammu and Kashmir by two-thirds majority. House also passes Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill

6:46 PM IST "What have the people of Jammu and Kashmir got from Article 370--nothing," says Amit Shah. "It has only encouraged terrorism. 

6:37 PM IST Vote bank politics won't work in Kashmir anymore, says Amit Shah. "Three families have ruled Kashmir. The hullaballoo over scrapping Article 370 is because Modi government has Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate."

6:32 PM IST A law banning child marriage could not be implemented in Kashmir because of Article 370: Amit Shah. "How did that help Kashmir? National Commission for Minorties could reach Kashmir."

6:28 PM IST Article 370 hurt development in Jammu and Kashmir. It was against women and Dalits. It helped terrorists: Amit Shah

6:26 PM IST Shouldn't we find a new way for Kashmir? We are correcting a historic blunder there: Amit Shah

6:06 PM IST It was Nehru who abruptly declared a ceasefire when India was at war against Pakistan over Kashmir. It was Nehru who took the Kashmir matter to the UN: Home Minister Amit Shah responds to Congress leader Manish Tewari's speech.

6:04 PM IST If Pandit Nehru had given a free hand to Indian forces, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir would have been ours: Amit Shah

5:55 PM IST Constitution was clear on Article 370, confusion was created in people's minds: Amit Shah 

5:52 PM IST PM Modi arrives in Lok Sabha. BJP MPs chant Vande Mataram to wlecome him.

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PM Narendra Modi tweets congratulatory messages

PM Narendra Modi has tweeted congratulatory mesaages to Home Minister Amit Shah and political parties who took part in the Lok Sabha debates around Bills reorganising Kashmir. He said the passage of the Bills were a tribute to Sardar Patel, B R Ambedkar and Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. PM Modi called it a "momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy". 

Following are some of the Prime Minister's tweets:













Jyotiraditya Scindia supports govt on Article 370

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia says he supports move on J-K and Ladakh and Kashmir's full integration into Union of India. Scindia says on Twitter "constitutional process" should have been followed.

Lok Sabha passes Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill

Lok Sabha votes in favour of Bill reorganising Jammu and Kashmir by two-thirds majority. House also passes Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill

Article 370 didn't help Kashmir: Amit Shah

"What have the people of Jammu and Kashmir got from Article 370--nothing," says Amit Shah. "It has only encouraged terrorism. 

Vote bank politics won't work in Kashmir: Amit Shah

Vote bank politics won't work in Kashmir anymore, says Amit Shah. "Three families have ruled Kashmir. The hullaballoo over scrapping Article 370 is because Modi government has Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate."

Progressive laws didn't reach Kashmir: Shah

A law banning child marriage could not be implemented in Kashmir because of Article 370: Amit Shah. "How did that help Kashmir? National Commission for Minorties could reach Kashmir."

Article 370 hurt development: Amit Shah

Article 370 hurt development in Jammu and Kashmir. It was against women and Dalits. It helped terrorists: Amit Shah

Historic blunder corrected: Amit Shah

Shouldn't we find a new way for Kashmir? We are correcting a historic blunder there: Amit Shah
It was Nehru who abruptly declared a ceasefire when India was at war against Pakistan over Kashmir. It was Nehru who took the Kashmir matter to the UN: Home Minister Amit Shah responds to Congress leader Manish Tewari's speech.


If Nehru had given free hand to forces, PoK would have been ours: Amit Shah

If Pandit Nehru had given a free hand to Indian forces, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir would have been ours: Amit Shah


Amit Shah rises to speak in Lok Sabha

Constitution was clear on Article 370, confusion was created in people's minds: Amit Shah 


PM Modi arrives in Lok Sabha

PM Modi arrives in Lok Sabha. BJP MPs chant Vande Mataram to wlecome him.

China ''opposes'' decision to create Ladakh Union Territory

Commenting on the Indian government's decision to create Ladakh Union Territory, which involves the territory of the western section of the Sino-Indian border, the Beijing said, "China always opposes India's inclusion of Chinese territory in the western section of the China-India boundary under its administrative jurisdiction." 

Ladakh. Photo: Reuters
 

China on asks India, Pakistan to exercise restraint on Kashmir

Voicing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, China on Tuesday asked India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid actions that "unilaterally" change the status quo and exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

A CRPF jawan stands guard as situation in Kashmir continues to be tense and uncertain, in Srinagar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. There are apperhenensions of prolonged law and order problem in the Valley | Photo: PTI

Farooq Abdullah neither detained nor arrested: Amit Shah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested and he is at his home of his own free will, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha.

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar. Photo: PTI



Shashi Tharoor compares Kashmir decision to 'disaster of demonetisation'

Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha:

We all remember the last time the Prime Minister unleashed a decision on the nation which was also initially applauded for his decisiveness just like today -- the disaster of demonetisation. The nation is still dealing with devastating consequences of that action.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor | Photo: PTI

Pakistan considering to call back High Commissioner from India, according to Pakistan media reports: ANI

People hold signs and chant slogans as they attend a rally in solidarity with the people of Kashmir, in Karachi, Pakistan August 5, 2019. Photo: Reuters

A West Bank in Kashmir: Asaduddin Owaisi

"Are you trying to create a Bantustan in Kashmir", says Hyderabad MP and AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi. "Kashmiris can't come out or use their cell phones--they can't come even out of their homes. Are you trying to create a West Bank in Kashmir," he says.

I'm under arrest: Farooq Abdullah rejects Amit Shah's statement

Farooq Abdullah says he was under house arrest in Srinagar, rejecting Home Minister Amit Shah's statement in Parliament. "I heard the statement of the home minister of India that Farooq Abdullah is free and is staying in the house out of his own will. I thought how can he be lying when a DSP has been placed outside my house and no one can come in and no one can go out," he told Times Now TV channel, according to news agency PTI.

Petition filed before SC

An advocate called M L Sharma has a filed a petition before the Supreme Court Tuesday challenging the Presidential order on Article 370 to revoke the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma is likely to mention his plea for urgent listing before the apex court on Wednesday.

Creation of Ladakh' India's internal matter: Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the creation of Ladakh as a Union Territory is an internal matter of India.
 
“The creation of Ladakh and the consequential restructuring are India's internal matters,” Wickremesinghe said in a communique posted on social media sites.
The Sri Lankan prime minister said that Ladakh will finally become an Indian state.
 
"I understand Ladakh will finally become an Indian state. Buddhists are 70 per cent of Ladakh's population and it will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority,” he said.
 
The prime minister said that he has been to Ladakh and "it is really worth a visit,” he added.
 
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country with 74 per cent of its citizens following the religion.
Jammu and Kashmir policy planning group of Congress party to meet today in Delhi.

2 Rajasthan Congress leaders congratulate Modi's J&K move

Two Rajasthan Congress leaders have welcomed the move and congratulated the Centre on its decision.
 
State Minister for Sports Ashok Chandna tweeted: "This comes as my personal opinion. Scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir is the first decision of the government that I welcome."
 
"The transformation of Article 370 should not follow dictatorship, rather should be resolved peacefully while winning the trust of people so that none of the citizens of the nation face any challenge in the future," he said.
 
Another senior Congress leader Dr Jyoti Mirdha, who is a former Member Parliament and granddaughter of Dr Nathuram Mirdha, congratulated the government for it bold step to integrate India.
 
"Nation first! Opposing for the heck of opposing is no virtue. Join in, congratulate the government for taking a bold step towards integrating India," she tweeted.

Leaders under house arrest must be released, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti are not terrorists, says Mamata Banerjee

 
 

Implementation of Article 370 should not be through dictatorship: Rajasthan sports minister

Rajasthan's youth affairs and sports minister Ashok Chandna on Tuesday said the implementation of Article 370 should be in an atmosphere of peace and trust rather than through dictatorship. Chandna in a tweet said he welcomes the Centre's decision of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. He, however, stressed that it should take place in a manner that no citizen face any problem in future.

West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee on Article 370: We cannot support this bill

West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee: We cannot support this bill. We cannot vote for this bill. They should have spoken to all political parties and the Kashmiris. If you need to arrive at a permanent solution, then you have to talk to all stakeholders.

Prashant Bhushan: Bifurcation of J&K requires consent of the elected assembly of the State

Activist, Prashant Bhushan: Bifurcation of J&K requires consent of the elected assembly of the State
Union Minister Jitender Singh launched a scathing attack at rival Congress and said: "Yes, we have scrapped Article 370. At least, we did not wake up the president to make him sign the Emergency papers." He was referring to the state of emergency declared in the nation in 1975 by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 
AITMC walks out of Parliament in Opposition of Jammu and Kashmir reorganization bill 

If Syama Prasad Mookerjee was alive, he would have said, Go and tell the world, Modi has abrogated Article 370: Jitendra Singh

"If Syama Prasad Mookerjee was alive, he would have said, Go and tell the world, Modi has abrogated Article 370," says Union minister Jitendra Singh

Kashmir debate in Lok Sabha: Why can’t the govt wait, asks DMK’s TR Baalu

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, DMK leader TR Baalu asked the Centre about the urgency to scrap the Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir. He said the government, with absolute majority, will manage to get the bill passed but should have waited and instead held assembly elections with Lok Sabha.

Kashmir debate: Won't vote, says Trinamool Congress, walks out of Lok Sabha

Soon after TMC’s Sudip Bandhyopadhyay questioned the arrests of Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Ahdullah, the party MPs walked out of the Lok Sabha in protest against the government. "If we take part in the voting [of the Bill], whether we vote in favour or against, we'll become party to it. So, we will walk out," says Sudip Bandhyopadhyay.
Ruckus in Parliament of Pakistan as the Opposition objects to Prime Minister Imran Khan's absence from the joint session to hold a discussion on Kashmir. Session proceedings stopped even before starting as the Speaker left for his chamber.

Kashmir debate: This nation is made by its people, not plots of land, says Rahul Gandhi

"National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land, says Rahul Gandhi.
 
"This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security," he tweeted.
If Pakistan Army continues with disruptive course, Indian Army will respond with resolve and cost will be prohibitive for them: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.

BJP MP from Jammu, Jugal Kishore Sharma said the Article 370 is a blot on history

BJP MP from Jammu, Jugal Kishore Sharma said the Article 370, which gives special status to J&K, is a blot on history and has completely isolated the state. “What has Article 370 gives us? Jawaharlal Nehru forced Article 370 on India."

Pakistan intensifying efforts to increase strength of terrorists along LoC: Army

Pakistan has intensified its efforts at increasing the strength of terrorists in launch pads along the Line of Control over the past few days and pushing infiltrators into Jammu and Kashmir, a top Army officer said on Tuesday.
 
General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh added that Pakistan is also initiating ceasefire violations.
 
A day after the government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and proposed to split it into two union territories, Lt Gen Singh chaired a meeting of the Core Group of Intelligence and Security Agencies at Srinagar to review the operational readiness to meet any contingency that could adversely impact the security situation.
 
According to a press release issued by Udhampur-based Army officials, Lt Gen Singh also said necessary security arrangements had been put in place to ensure peace and security.

DMK MP, Dayanidhi Maran to Lok Sabha Speaker: Farooq Abdullah is under arrest. You as a Speaker should protect the members

DMK MP, Dayanidhi Maran in Lok Sabha: Farooq Abdullah, a member of this House is missing. He is under arrest. We have no intimation. You as a Speaker should protect the members. You should be neutral.
Manish Tewari, Congress: In last 70 years, several times we saw demands that union territories be converted into states but this is probably the first time in history that a state has been converted into union territory. There cannot be a bigger blow to federal structure than this.
Manish Tewari, Congress, in Lok Sabha: Indian constitution does not have only Article 370. It also has Article 371. They provide special rights to Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra, Sikkim etc. Today when you're scrapping Article 370,what message are you sending to these states?
If anyone protected Kashmiris by sending the forces, if anyone integrated Kashmir with India, it was Jawahar Lal Nehru's govt that did it," Congress leader Manish Tewari says.
"Today, when you remove Article 370, what message are you sending to other states who have special status? That you will remove Article 371 as well?," Manish Tewari says.
In the past 70 years, there have been many instances when a UT has been converted to a state. But this is the first time a state has been converted into a UT: Manish Tewari
 
It was Jawaharlal Nehru’s government that made Jammu & Kashmir part of India by sending force to take on Pakistan: Manish Tewari

To say that the Parliament can deliberate instead of Assembly is a constitutional tragedy, says Manish Tewari

 To say that the Parliament can deliberate instead of Assembly is a constitutional tragedy, says Manish Tewari
 Section 3 of the Constitution says consultation with Assembly should be done before changing boundaries of any state: Manish Tewari

Modi government usurped powers of J&K assembly to bifurcate J&K: Manish Tewari

Modi government usurped powers of J&K assembly to bifurcate J&K. Recounts history. How J&K became a entity. J&K was independent on Aug 15, 1947: Manish Tewari

Pakistan Foreign Minister wrote letter to UN last week on Kashmir issue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi last week wrote a letter to the UN in which it warned that India was "preparing ground" to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Office has said.
 
The Foreign Office on Monday night issued the text of the letter Qureshi sent on August 1 to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the UN Security Council and President of the UN General Assembly.
 
Qureshi in the letter highlighted the "deteriorating" human rights situation in Kashmir, alleged violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and India ending Kashmir's special constitutional status.
 
“India is preparing ground to abolish Article 35-A of its Constitution as a first step, followed by the revocation of Article 370," he wrote.
General Officer Commanding in Chief,Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh chaired a meeting of the Core Group of Intelligence and Security agencies at Srinagar today,to review the operational readiness.He said,"necessary security arrangements put in place for ensuring peace and security".

Congress MP Manish Tewari explains in the Lok Sabha on what conditions Kashmir acceded to India

After Amit Shah's speech, Congress MP Manish Tewari speaks on Kashmir's history. Speaks on what conditions Kashmir acceded to India.

Kashmir issue debate: There has been long-standing demand for UT status for Ladakh. We have fulfilled it now: Amit Shah

Kashmir issue debate: There has been long-standing demand for UT status for Ladakh. We have fulfilled it now: Amit Shah on bifurcation decision
 To this Amit Shah retorts, " When I say Jammu and Kashmir, it includes PoK.  Both Indian and J&K constitutions also say that the state is an integral part of India and this gives us the right to form laws for the state, which includes PoK and Aksai Chin." Appealing to the House to vote in favour for the Bill, Shah adds, "This bill and resolution will ensure that J&K will remain with India forever."
Amit Shah says, "I want to make it very clear and put it on record once again that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India. There is absolutely no doubt over it, and there is no legal dispute on this".

Kashmir issue debate: Congress questions Amit Shah over Article 370

"The entire Congress party wants to get enlightened. This is a very important issue and we have some fundamental questions," Adhir Ranjan Choudhury asked Amit Shah in Lok Sabha today.
 
"We are not making any allegation. We just want to know the procedure and laws used. Also, we want to know why you have locked down Kashmir Valley... why have you made it a kaidkhana (a prison)?" he asked.

Debate of Kashmir issue in Lok Sabha: For us, PoK is a part of Kashmir, says Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of Union of India. Kashmir ki seema mein PoK bhi aata hai...Jaan de denge iske liye!
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress, in Lok Sabha: S Jaishankar told Mike Pompeo a few days before that Kashmir is a bilateral matter, so don't interfere in it. Can J&K still be an internal matter? We want to know. Entire Congress party wants to be enlightened by you.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: We signed Shimla Agreement & Lahore Declaration, was that an internal matter or bilateral?

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress, in Lok Sabha: You say that it is an internal matter. But it is being monitored since 1948 by the UN, is that an internal matter? We signed Shimla Agreement & Lahore Declaration, was that an internal matter or bilateral?

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi is also present in Lok Sabha

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are sitting in Lok Sabha as Adhir Ranjan continues with his attack on the Centre over its decision to scrap Article 370. Seeks clarification why the resolutions were adopted despite the matter being pending in United Nations.

Celebrations in Leh after Ladakh was made a Union Territory

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress to BJP govt: You violated all rules and converted a state into a Union Territory overnight

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress, in Lok Sabha: I don't think you are thinking about PoK, you violated all rules and converted a state into a Union Territory overnight.

Mayawati "welcomes" Centre's move to remove Article 370, bifurcate J&K

BSP chief Mayawati said she supports Centre's move to remove Article 370.  "The demand to remove Article 370 and Article 35 A was pending since a long time. The BSP hopes that the centre's decision will benefit the people of the state," she tweeted in Hindi.
 
In another tweet, she wrote: "Similarly, the Buddhist communist in Leh and Ladakh have been demanding a separate union territory for a long time. The BSP welcomes the centre's move to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir. The entire country, especially Dr Bhim Rao Ambdekar's Buddhist followers  are happy with this move."

Meeting of Modi with Shah, Nadda, Gadkari underway

A meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national working president JP Nadda, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar & Nitin Gadkari is underway, at the Parliament.

Kashmir issue: Historical mistake rectified, says Congress's Janardan Dwivedi ditches party line on Article 370

As the Congress vehemently opposed the scrapping of the constitutional provision that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, some party leaders raised voices of dissent and supported the government move.
 
While Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi said a "historical mistake" has been corrected by the government, his party colleague Deepender Hooda contended that the abrogation of Article 370 "is in the interest of national integrity".
 
Dwivedi said it is a matter of national satisfaction that a "mistake" done at the time of Independence has been corrected.
 
"It is a very old issue. After Independence, many freedom fighters did not want Article 370 to remain. I had my political training under Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, who was against this Article. Personally, this is an issue of a matter of satisfaction for the nation.
 
"This historical mistake that happened at the time of independence has been rectified today, even though late, and is welcomed," Dwivedi said.

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting over J&K issue to be held later today

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting over J&K issue to be held later today. Meeting can be postponed for tomorrow if the Parliament proceedings extends.

There is peace and normalcy in J&K: Govt sources to ANI

Government sources on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir post-revocation of Article 370: There is peace and normalcy in J&K. It has been event free, no agitations held. People also moving about for essential work.

Congress Working Committee meeting on J&K issue today

Kashmir issue: US-based Muslim body to protest scrapping of Article 370

A US-based Muslim advocacy group has announced it will hold a protest in front of the Indian Embassy here on Tuesday against the revoking of Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir The Indian government on Monday scrapped the article which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
 
The group Sound Vision, which claims to be North America's pioneering Muslim media organisation, said demonstrations will also be held outside Indian consulates in New York and Chicago The 28-year-old organisation, in a message to its supporters, said, "Tomorrow at noon, there will be rallies in front of the Indian embassies and consulates of the following cities in the United States." "Please bring yourselves, your families, and your friends. It is crucial to show India that the world is watching and that we are with the Kashmiri people,”it said.

Article 370: US urges all stakeholders to maintain peace, stability along

The US has said it is "closely" observing the events in Jammu and Kashmir following the Indian government scrapping the constitutional provision that accorded special status to the state and urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control (LoC).
Jammu: Army personnel stand guard during restrictions in Jammu. Restrictions and night curfews were imposed in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir as the Valley remained on edge with authorities stepping up security deployment | PTI Photo

Tourists skip Kashmir for Kerala, Thailand amid ongoing tensions

Tourists are canceling or deferring leisure trips to Jammu & Kashmir in view of the current situation in the region. Travel companies, however, are hopeful that the tension will be short-lived and expect tourists to return to the Valley in the next few months. “We have postponed our Kashmir tour in August. The affected customers are also being offered alternative destinations and some are opting to travel to Kerala, Kullu-Manali and Thailand,” said managing director of Veena World.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and former chief minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti during an all parties meeting yesterday, in Srinagar | Photo credit: PTI

Amit Shah to move J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha today

Article 370: UN urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint

The United Nations has urged both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, saying it was concerned about the rising tensions between the two neighbours after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir that granted special status to the state. "We are following with concern the tense situation in the region...We urge all parties to exercise restraint," Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
 
 

Congress divided over govt's decision on Article 370 in J&K

While the government is celebrating the "historic decision" with regard to Jammu and Kashmir, the main opposition party Congress is divided on whether to support or oppose the move. Former Union home minister P Chidambaram declared it as the worst day in the Constitutional history of India and warned that every political party should wake up on this issue as it can be done in other states too by dismissing the state governments and imposing President's rule.
 

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