New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the bill for immediately scraping Article 370, a historical provision that had extended a special status to Jammu and Kashmir for nearly seven decades, and carve two union territories out of the Himalayan state. The resolution was passed with 351 members voting in its favour, and 72 against it, while one member abstained from voting.
Various issues and objections raised by lawmakers were discussed before the resolution was taken up for voting. On passing the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said that history will decide if the decision to repeal the constitutional provision is right or wrong.
“Who took Kashmir to the United Nations, it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. History will decide if this decision (to revoke 370) is right or not, but whenever it will be discussed, Narendra Modi will be remembered by the people,” Shah said in Lok Sabha.
He also said that curfew in Jammu and Kashmir is to prevent matters from intensifying, but not because of the present law and order situation. “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.”