NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir, a northern Indian state on Monday become Union Territory (UT) to be run by the Centre, but will have its own legislative assembly after the new law abolished the special status to the state.
Following the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill passed by the upper house, Rajya Sabha, President Ramnath Kovind gave assent to the removal of Article 370 clause which would no longer allow special powers in the Jammu and Kashmir.
The development marks a historic day for India with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed government, ending the speculation, revoked the Article 370 of the constitution to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir would now become a Lieutenant Governor, while Ladakh would have no legislature such as in the case of Chandigarh territory.
Article 35A, that makes a distinction between the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and outsiders has been ceased in the state.
The new law has abolished special powers exercised by Jammu and Kashmir and now allows single citizenship, financial emergency (Article 360), reservation of minorities up to 16% in the state, people from other states can buy real estate now, and Right to Information (RTI) Act would be applicable.
Besides the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) including Shiv Sena and Akali Dal, regional parties such as AAP, BSP, BJD, TRS, and AIADMK extended support to the Modi government to scrap Article 370 and to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest, have been detained, and to control the situation in the state Section 144 has imposed ahead of the introduction of the new bill.