Today, Article 370 was eliminated through a Presidential Decree, which Home Minister Amit Shah claims would come into force “at once”. It granted “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir. An order was also issued soon after President Ram Nath Kovind, “in concurrence” with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, announced that the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019, through which the Constitution of India would apply to the state.
It continued, “Reference to this constitution or to the provisions shall be construed as references to the constitution or the provisions as applied in relation to Jammu and Kashmir.”
The order claim references to the person accepted as Sadar-i-Riyasat of J&K acting on the advice of the State Council of Ministers, would be analyzed as references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
It further said that the expression “Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2)” shall read “Legislative Assembly of the State.”
Moving the resolution, Mr. Shah claims that “there should not be a delay of even a second to remove Article 370 from the Constitution.”
The resolution claims that the President, on the recommendation of the Parliament, was glad to declare that as from August 5, 2019, all Clauses of Article 370 would terminate to operative expect Clause (1) of Article 370.
The Home Minister has further moved the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, which transformed that the state in a Union Territory with a Legislature, and hived off Ladakh region into another Union Territory without a Legislature.