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Supporters Of India's Ruling Party Celebrate As Government Repeals Kashmir's Special Status

Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Indian parliament the decision to scrap Article 370, a constitutional provision that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to make its own laws.

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Supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated on Monday as the government of India on Monday moved to revoke special constitutional privileges given to the disputed Kashmir region, thereby annulling its semi-autonomous status, and divide the Muslim-majority state into two federally administered regions.

It is feared that the move, ostensibly aimed at fully integrating the restive Himalayan region with the rest of the country, will have far-reaching political and social consequences and can trigger unrest in the northern state.

Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Indian parliament the decision to scrap Article 370, a constitutional provision that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to make its own laws.

The announcement was made as large parts of the state were in a complete security lockdown amid apprehensions that any move to abrogate the state’s semi-autonomous status can trigger unrest and public backlash in the state disputed between India and Pakistan.

After a cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the home minister told the parliament’s upper house that the “entire constitution” of India “will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir state”.

According to legal experts, this means that the state’s legislature will have no power to make its own laws, thus ending the status of special powers and autonomy otherwise not applicable to other parts of the country.

(Reuters)

 


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