In a historical move by BJP that will have massive repercussions Home Minister Amit Shah announced the central government's plan to repeal Article 370 - that gives the state of Jammu & Kashmir a host of special rights. Making the announcement amid huge uproar by the opposition, home minister Amit Shah read out a presidential notification that stated the decision to scrap the contentious Article 370 and to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature. However, as soon as Amit Shah made the announcement, members of the Congress, TMC and DMK sat down on the floor of the House while one of the PDP members tore his clothes and then along with another PDP member tore copies of the Constitution, urging Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to order that they be physically removed.
As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.
After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.
Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said.
The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said.
Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is drafted in Part XXI of the Constitution: Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions. The Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, after its establishment, was empowered to recommend the articles of the Indian constitution that should be applied to the state or to abrogate the Article 370 altogether.