Jammu & Kashmir to be union territory with legislature, Ladakh to be union territory without legislature: Amit Shah

India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who proposed scrapping of Article 370 from Indian Constitution in Parliament on Monday.

Business Today | 5th August 2019

New Delhi – Home Minister Amit Shah, who addressed the Rajya Sabha and revoked Article 370, said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be bifurcated into two Union Territories – the Union Territory of Ladakh and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Union Territory of Ladakh will not have a legislature.

In his statement, 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 Constitution (Application To Jammu And Kashmir) Order, 2019, says:  “It shall come into force at once, and shall thereupon supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from time to time.”

Former CM Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. 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.”

“It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. GOIs intentions are clear. They want the territory of J&K by terrorising it’s people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” she added.

Ahead of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a crucial meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

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Here’s the full text of the President’s order scrapping Article 370.

President’s order on Article 370

The following Order made by the President is published for general information

THE CONSTITUTION (APPLICATION TO JAMMU AND KASHMIR) ORDER, 2019

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 370 of the Constitution, the President, with the concurrence of the Government of State of Jammu and Kashmir, is pleased to make the following Order:

 1.(1) This Order may be called the Constitution Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019.

(2) It shall come into force at once, and shall thereupon supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from time to time.

  2.  All the provisions of the Constitution, as amended from time to time, shall apply in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the exceptions and modifications subject to which they shall so apply shall be as follows: To article 367, there shall be added the following clause, namely:”(4) For the purposes of this Constitution as it applies in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir

(a) references to this Constitution or to the provisions thereof shall be construed as references to the Constitution or the provisions thereof as applied in relation to the said State:

 (b) references to the person for the time being recognized by the President on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of the State as the Sadar-i-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir, acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the State for the time being in office, shall be construed as references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir:

(c) references to the Government of the said State shall be construed as including references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of his Council of Ministers, and

(d) in the proviso to clause (3) of Article 370 of this Constitution, the expression “Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2)” shall read “Legislative Assembly of the State”.”

RAM NATH KOVIND,

President

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