Congress Working Committee meeting (Photo Source: News Nation)
The Narendra Modi government, in a muscular move, scrapped special status of Jammu and Kashmir by removing several clauses of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The government also said that it will support a Bill to divide the state into two Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In anticipation of the announcement, which is likely to spark unrest, the government had flooded the Valley with thousands of additional troops and evacuated tourists and Hindi pilgrims. Mainstream politicians, including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah along with many others have been arrested and taken to unknown locations.
The authorities have also closed educational institutions and severed communication channels. Kashmiris living outside the state expressed their angst against the shut down of internet and mobile services as they were unable to contact their families living in curfew like situation in the Valley.
Here are all the LIVE updates:
10.30 pm: The Congress Working Committee late Tuesday deplored the "unilateral, brazen and totally undemocratic" manner in which provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated by the government into two Union Territories.
9.40 pm: UP CM Yogi Adityanath on resolution to revoke Article 370 and the J&K Reorganization Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament: The dream of one India that our freedom fighters saw has been completed by PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah today. I congratulate the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
9.35 pm: DMK President MK Stalin calls for an All-Party meeting on August 10 to discuss the next course of action regarding the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament, today.
9.13 pm: Srinagar: NSA Ajit Doval took review of security situation in meeting attended by senior stakeholders. He gave directions that common people shouldn't face any hardships. Essential food supplies, emergency assistance and provisions should be made available on a priority basis.
9.09 pm: Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party: We asked if 24 seats in PoJK will be filled, if PoJK will be a part of our map, after Article 370 gets revoked? If Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India, we should at least know the map of our crown. Our question wasn't answered, that's why we boycotted voting.
9.05 pm: Government in Lok Sabha proposes to withdraw The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019.
8.16 pm: Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi. Rahul Gandhi chaired the meeting as Congress president.
Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi pic.twitter.com/ct5CFCNUym— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2019
7.35 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill passed in Lok Sabha by 370-70 votes
7.00 pm: Resolution revoking Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir passed in Lok Sabha.
6.45 pm: There are laws for environment in the nation and they will be implemented there as soon as Article 370 is revoked. Jammu and Kashmir was heaven on earth, it is heaven on the earth and it will always remain so, says Amit Shah.
6.37 pm: The curfew wasn't put in place because the law and order situation has deteriorated. It is precautionary, it has been put in place so the situation doesn't deteriorate, says Amit Shah.
The curfew was not put in place because the law and order situation has deteriorated. It is precautionary, it has been put in place so the situation doesn't deteriorate, says @AmitShah #OneIndiaUnitedIndia— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 6, 2019
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6.30 pm: Asaduddin Owaisi said we are going to commit a historical mistake. We're not going to commit a historical mistake, we're going to correct one. After 5 years, seeing development in Jammu and Kashmir under leadership of PM Modi, people of valley will understand drawbacks of Article 370.
6.17 pm: History will decide if this decision (to revoke 370) is right or not, but whenever it will be discussed, PM Narendra Modi will be remembered by the people, says Amit Shah.
6.15 pm: Who took Kashmir to the United Nations? It was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha.
5.45 pm: Amit Shah speaks in Lok Sabha on Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Bill.
5.00 pm: Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha: I stand to oppose the bill. Definitely BJP has lived up to electoral promise in their manifesto, but you have not lived up to your constitutional duties. You've indulged in breach of a constitutional promise.
4.32 pm: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: I'm saying it for the 4th time and I've the patience to say it for the 10th time, Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested. If he isn't well, doctors will take him to hospital. House shouldn't worry. If he wasn't well, he would not have come out.
4.27 pm: Telugu Desam Party MP Jayadev Galla in Lok Sabha: Our leader Chandrababu Naidu and our party support the proposed reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.... Complete integration of J&K into India will be one nation with one flag and one constitution.
4.25 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum.
4.09 pm: Farooq Abdullah, National Conference in Srinagar: Why would I stay inside my house on my own will when my state is being burnt, when my people are being executed in jails? This is not the India I believe in.
4.08 pm: Why we think it is indeed a black day? Because two former Jammu and Kashmir CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are under arrest and the whereabouts of our own colleague Farooq Abdullah are still unclear. We still want to know where he is? asks Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress: Why we think it is indeed a black day? Because two former J&K CMs Omar Abdullah&Mehbooba Mufti are under arrest & the whereabouts of our own colleague Farooq Abdullah are still unclear. We still want to know where he is? pic.twitter.com/Wdouz2LKDP— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2019
3.45 pm: Jamyang Tsering, BJP MP from Ladakh in Lok Sabha on Article 370 Revoked: What will be lost with this decision? Sirf do pariwar rozi-roti khoyenge aur Kashmir ka bhavishya ujjwal hone wala hai.
3.25 pm: Indian High Commission in Pakistan asks Pakistani authorities to tighten up security around its premises.
3.20 pm: S Sule, NCP: You divided state (J&K),I don't know why? A lot was talked about Andhra. I was here when it was debated. Two wrongs don't make a right. Just because something went wrong that time, doesn't mean you need to make the same mistake. What's the difference between this and that government? You are dividing the state, my only question is when will you have elections which are fair and transparent? Why does Ladakh not have an Assembly?
3 pm: Rahul Gandhi on Twitter: Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations. This is unconstitutional & undemocratic. It’s also short sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vaccum created by GOI. The imprisoned leaders must be released.
2.30 pm: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress: Since 1948, Kashmir has been under monitoring mechanism of the United Nations. So, in the wake of bifurcation of J&K state, what should be the stand & status of our country?
2.20 pm: Pralhad Joshi, BJP, in Lok Sabha: When the country is celebrating, Congress is speaking in the voice of Pakistan. Pakistan govt official statement said it's a dark day. Congress leaders have stated it's a dark day. What does it mean? Pak says it's a dark day&you're joining them?
2.07 pm: JDU walks out of Lok Sabha over J&K Re-organisation Bill.
2.05 pm: Common man rejoicing in Srinagar over abrogation of Article 370, says Jitnedra Singh.
2 pm: Implementation of Article 370 should not be through dictatorship, says Rajasthan Minister Ashok Chandna.
1.55 pm: Jammu and Kashmir policy planning group of Congress party to meet today.
1.50 pm: Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Choudhury embarrassed his party with his statement in Lok Sabha that 'Article 370 not an internal issue'. “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, what that an internal matter or bilateral?” Choudhury said during a heated debate on Modi government’s move of revoking Article 370.
He said the government had thrown rules and regulations out of the window by proposing to create two Union territories out of Jammu and Kashmir.
1.40 pm: Indresh Kumar, RSS on Article 35A &370 revoked: I welcome the decision. Even UNO will not oppose it. UNO justice will also support India in this.
1.35 pm: Jitender Singh responding to allegations of not having engaged the stakeholders in the situation, he says the Parliament is a great stakeholder.
1.30 pm: 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. I have no information about Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. I appeal to the government that they should not feel isolated. They are not terrorists. They should be released in the interest of the democratic institutions: Mamata Banerjee
1.23 pm: Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti not terrorists. Must be releassed immidiately: Mamata Banerjee
1.21 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says can't support bifurcation bill
1.20 pm: 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.
1.15 pm: Indian Army: Major Infiltration bid foiled in Macchal Sector of J&K at 2:30 AM today. 5-6 terrorists infiltrated 500m into Indian territory, in exchange of fire one soldier injured and evacuated.
1.10 pm: Jitender Singh calls Article 370 blunder of history.
1 pm: Pakistan has intensified its efforts at increasing the strength of terrorists in launch pads along the Line of Control over the past few days, says Indian Army
12.50 pm: DMK leader, T R Baalu says, he would have supported the bill had it not converted a strong state government in two Union Territories.
12.45 pm: 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. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security"
12.40 pm: First time in history that a state has been converted into union territory: Manish Tewari
12.35 pm: Manish Tewari: Today when you're scrapping Article 370, what message are you sending to northeastern states?
12.30 pm: 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 and Lahore Declaration, what that an internal matter or bilateral?
12.25 pm: BJP MP from Jammu, Jugal Kishore Sharma said the Article 370, which gives special status to J&K, is a blot on history.
12.20 pm: According to the instrument of annexation, any changes in the Constitution can be made only with the consensus of the state government. In Jammu and Kashmir, where is the Constituent Assembly?, says Manish Tewari.
12.15 pm: Manish Tewari, Congress: In last 70 yrs, 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.
12.10 pm: DMK MP, Dayanidhi Maran in Lok Sabha: Mr Farooq Abdullah, a member of this House is missing. He is arrested. We have no intimation. You as a Speaker should protect the members. You should be neutral.
12.05 pm: That you can revoke Article 371 tomorrow? By imposing President's rule in the north eastern states, and using the rights of their Assemblies in the Parliament, you can scrap Article 371 too? What kind of Constitutional Precedent are you setting in the country?, says Manish Tewari
12 pm: Jawaharlal Nehru had protected J&K when it was under attack from Pakistan: Manish Tewari
11.55 am: Aditi Singh, Congress MLA from Raebareli Sadar on Article370 revoked: I'm in absolute support of the decision taken. It will help in integrating J&K into the mainstream. It's a historic decision. It should not be politicised. As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision.
11.50 am: You can't remove Article 370 without the presence of contituent Assembly in J-K, says Congress leader Manish Tiwari.
11.45 am: US State Dept. spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: We are closely following the events in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We take note of India’s announcement revising the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s plan to split the state into two union territories.
11.40 am: 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"
11.35 am: Congress leader Manish Tiwari speaks.
11.30 am: Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu & Kashmir.
11.25 am: 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, what that an internal matter or bilateral? 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.
11.25 am: 'Jaan de denge iske liye': In Lok Sabha, Amit Shah sets record straight on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
11.21: PoK an integral part of India, will give my life for PoK, says Amit Shah.
11.15 am: 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.
11.15 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah moves the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, in Lok Sabha.
11.15 am: Uproar in Parliament as Union Amit Shah proposes Article 370 bill.
11 am: Lok Sabha proceedings begin, all eyes on Article 370 debate.
10.40 am: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written to UN Secretary-general on Kashmir’s present situation. Qureshi has also briefed P5 Nation Ambassadors -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- on India's decision to abrogate Article 370.
10.30 am: Jammu and Kashmir, which has lost its special status after Modi government revoked Article 370, has food supply for three months. "Kashmir valley has more than three months' supply of rice, wheat, mutton, eggs, and fuel. There will be no shortage of food or civil supplies in the state," Principal Secretary, Planning Commission in Srinagar, Rohit Kansal was quoted as saying by NDTV. The statement indicates that the lockdown in the Valley, where section 144 has been imposed and the mobile and internet services have been suspended, is expected to continue for a long time.
10.15 am: Government Sources on the situation in Jammu & 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.
10 am: A meeting of Lok Sabha MPs of Congress party, chaired by Sonia Gandhi, will be held at 10:30 am today in Parliament.
9.50 am: 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.
9.45 am: Security forces deployed in Doda as Section 144 is imposed in the area.
9.30 am: A day after India scrapped Article 370, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to UN Secretary-general on Kashmir’s present situation. Qureshi has also briefed P5 Nation Ambassadors -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- on India's decision to abrogate Article 370.
9 am: The Army’s northern command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday night and briefed him about internal and external security situation, a Raj Bhawan spokesman said.