Jammu and Kashmir is all set to become independent India’s first state to be made into a Union Territory. This after Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill with an overwhelming 370 votes in favour as against 70 against it. All that remains now is the Presidential assent before Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh become two separate Union Territories.
The development closely follows the historic decision of revoking Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Done to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India in the truest sense, the bifurcation into two Union Territories too will serve to help with the overall objective of peace, prosperity and progress. Home Minister Amit Shah was the architect of both developments and after sending a passionate message in Rajya Sabha on Monday in which he said that the interest of people is paramount, he reiterated his commitment in Lok Sabha. He even said that he is ready to hear the concerns of common Kashmiris but categorically refused to have any discussions with the Hurriyat. “Those who take inspiration from Pakistan, I will not hold any talks with them,” he said.
Shah also went the extra mile to reassure that once the ground situation normalises, Jammu and Kashmir would return to being a state. He also withdrew the J&K Reservation Bill a day after he had introduced to extend 10% reservation for the economically weaker people here.
Shah also lashed out in Lok Sabha against queries about Farooq Abdullah of National Conference being allegedly arrested. Keeping a count, he said he has said four times in the day that the veteran politician is not under arrest or detention, although Abdullah kept crying foul.