Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were arrested on Monday, hours after the Rajya Sabha adopted a resolution to recommend to the President that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution be revoked. The Upper House of Parliament also passed a bill to split the state into two Union territories – one, Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and the other, Ladakh, without one.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had moved the resolution and the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday morning amid ruckus from Opposition members. Parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress Party, Asom Gana Parishad, AIADMK, Shiv Sena, Bodoland People’s Front and Aam Aadmi Party supported the move, while the Congress, JD(U) and MDMK condemned it.
Here are the top updates of the day:
10.09 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have truly made Kashmir an integral part of India, reports News18. He adds that the mistake committed by the then government was corrected by today’s government.
9.32 pm: BJP Working President JP Nadda says this day will be marked in golden letters. He adds that the move to revoke J&K’s special status will restore the unity and integrity of India and connect Kashmir with the main development stream.
9.31 pm: BJP leader Ram Madhav says J&K is an internal matter of India, reports ANI. “Who is Pakistan to question us on that?” he asks. “If there is any issue that needs to be highlighted, it is the illegal occupation of parts of Kashmir by Pakistan, nothing else.”
9.10 pm: People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari have also been arrested, PTI reports quoting unidentified officials.
8.22 pm: Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been arrested, reports NDTV.
8.18 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Amit Shah’s speech was extensive and insightful. “It accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of J&K,” he says.
8.12 pm: Amit Shah tweets that the Modi government has corrected a “long overdue historic wrong”. “This historic decision will usher in a new dawn of peace and development in J&K and Ladakh region,” he says. “Kashmir has always been an integral part of India but this decision will ensure that there will no more be ‘two flags, two Constitutions’ in J&K. This decision is a tribute to all the patriots who made the supreme sacrifice for a united India.”
6.53 pm: The Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday.
6.50 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill is passed with 125 votes in favour and 61 against.
6.43 pm: Voting to be done through slips due to a technical problem, says Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu.
6.31 pm: The two resolutions have been adopted. Division of votes to take place on the Reorganisation Bill.
6.26 pm: Amit Shah says we will see a happy Kashmir in just a few weeks, and we will see children going to school instead of bomb blasts.
6.24 pm: “We believe that the road to solving the Kashmir problem will come out of these two resolutions and bill,” says Amit Shah.
6.22 pm: “Give us five years, we will make Jammu and Kashmir the most developed state in the country,” says Amit Shah.
6.20 pm: “Don’t worry, Vaikoji, we won’t let Kashmir become Kosovo, it was heaven and it will remain heaven,” Shah tells MP Vaiko.
6.19 pm: “As soon as normalcy returns to J&K, we can make it a state once again,” Amit Shah says on the concerns about turning the state into two Union territories.
6.15 pm: “No appropriate time is needed for this decision, only political will is needed,” Shah says. “One just to rise above their own politics and think about the country.”
6.14 pm: “All states managed to preserve their culture without Article 370, why do you say removing it in J&K will take away your culture?” Amit Shah asks.
6.12 pm: Article 370 was the genesis of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah says.
6.09 pm: “Sardar Patel dealt with Hyderabad and Junagadh, they are still with India without Article 370,” says Shah. “Nehru dealt with Jammu and Kashmir.”
6.08 pm: Amit Shah asks: “Where do the children of all advocates of Article 370 study? They all study abroad. Why don’t they study in Kashmir?”
6.04 pm: Amit Shah says, “Pakistan wants to spread militancy anywhere, but why does the youth in other border states not turn to terrorism? Because these states do not have Article 370.”
6 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah says reservations do not extend to tribal people and Scheduled Castes in J&K, which is why BSP is supporting the BJP today.
5.59 pm: Amit Shah asks why the Parliament’s laws should not extend to J&K if it is a state. “Governments do not make laws to run government, but to extend welfare to public,” he says.
5.56 pm: “The Right to Education Act does not apply to J&K, why do we want to deny children the right there?” Shah asks.
5.54 pm: Amit Shah says Articles 35A and 370 also inhibit the growth of healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir. “Which big doctor will go to Kashmir to give his services, the way they go to other states?” he asks.
5.53 pm: The Home Minister asks how unemployment will come down if industries cannot be set up in J&K. “Article 370 will not give any benefit to J&K, it is only beneficial to politicians,” Amit Shah says.
5.51 pm: Amit Shah says tourism has not developed much in Kashmir because travel agencies and hotels cannot set up businesses there. Article 370 and 35A limit the possibilities that tourism offers in J&K, he adds.
5.48 pm: “Why do you want to force the poor who has land to remain poor?” Amit Shah says, referring to low land prices in the state due to Article 35A.
5.47 pm: The Centre sent much more money to J&K than it sent to other states, but no development took place because Article 370 does not allow the entry of anti-corruption agencies to stop wrongdoing, Amit Shah says.
5.46 pm: Amit Shah says Article 370 is responsible for poverty in Jammu and Kashmir.
5.45 pm: People of all religions live in Jammu and Kashmir, and if Article 370 is good, it is good for all, and if it is bad, it is bad for all, says Amit Shah. He says his party does not do the politics of religion.
5.41 pm: Amit Shah says Article 370 and Article 35A have done great damage to the people of the state. It never allowed democracy to flourish in Jammu and Kashmir, only corruption flourished, he says.
5.37 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is now speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
5.36 pm: The Trinamool Congress walks out of the House, in protest against the “procedural harakiri and constitutional immorality”.
5.15 pm: The Rajya Sabha is now discussing special mentions, will resume discussion on the Kashmir matter later.
4.41 pm: Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman denies the Opposition’s charge that the government did not have consultations before making the decision. “We have brought this with a lot of consultations,” she says in the Rajya Sabha, adding that the move was in the BJP’s manifesto and part of the vision of the Jana Sangh.
4.35 pm: “How will we have a good debate on the bill if you bring it at 11 am without giving us copies of it beforehand?” asks Kapil Sibal.
4.33 pm: “We [Congress] had won Kashmir, you have lost Kashmir,” says Kapil Sibal.
4.30 pm: Congress leader Kapil Sibal says only history will tell if this is historic or a blot on history.
4.03 pm: Chidambaram requests the Centre not to dismember Jammu and Kashmir, says it would be a monumental blunder and a cardinal sin.
3.56 pm: Congress MP P Chidambaram says: “Momentarily you may think you have scored a victory, but you are wrong and history will prove you to be wrong. Future generations will realise what a grave mistake this House is making today.”
3.51 pm: Amnesty International India issues a statement. “The unilateral decision of the Government of India to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution of India without consulting J&K stakeholders and amidst a complete clampdown on civil liberties and communications blackout is likely to inflame prevailing tensions, alienate the people in the state and increase the risk of further human rights violations,” the human rights organisation says.
3.47 pm: Article 370 was a Himalayan blunder and it is being corrected, says BJP MP Rakesh Sinha.
3.46 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh says the Constitution has been rewritten without following any legal provisions, ANI reports. “Such a historic decision should not have been taken and pushed through in this arbitrary manner,” he says.
3.43 pm: BJP MP Rakesh Sinha says that what the Congress did in retail, the BJP has now done it in wholesale.
3.36 pm: BJP MP Jitendra Singh says that the common man in Srinagar is rejoicing. He calls today a day of redemption. “We have no right to deprive J&K from being part of the global world,” he says.
3.30 pm: Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu says his party supports the Centre in its bid to repeal Article 370.
3.11 pm: O’Brien ends his address with the lines: “First, they came for the Dalits, and I said I am not a Dalit, so I didn’t stand up. Then they came for the oppressed, and I said oh, I am not an oppressed, so I didn’t stand up. Today, they came for the Kashmiris, and I said I am not a Kashmiri, so I won’t stand up...No sir, we will stand up, because when they come for me, there will be no one to stand up.”
3.07 pm: Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien says in the Rajya Sabha that the Constitution has been either forgotten or thrown into the dustbin, reports The Hindu.
2.57 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is addressing the Rajya Sabha. He says the government has made the Jammu and Kashmir governor a “clerk” and the state a “non-entity”. “Don’t be intoxicated with power,” he tells the government, according to The Hindu.
2.30 pm: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh welcomes the “courageous step”, ANI reports. It says the move was essential for the interest of the state as well as the entire country. “Rising from selfish motives and political differences, everyone should welcome and support this move,” the RSS says.
2.28 pm: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a statement strongly condemning India’s announcements.
“No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status [of Jammu and Kashmir], as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the statement says. “Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan. As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps.”
Islamabad further says: “Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of...Jammu and Kashmir for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.”
2.26 pm: The government requests police chiefs and chief secretaries of all states and Union territories to take special care to ensure safety of people from Jammu and Kashmir, especially students, ANI reports.
2.19 pm: The Ministry of Home Affairs issues an order to chief secretaries and director generals of police across the country and the Delhi police commissioner that security agencies may be put on maximum alert soon.
2.13 pm: The Shiv Sena celebrates the government’s resolution to revoke Article 370.
2.11 pm: Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav also calls the move “unconstitutional”. “Today’s decision violates all the principles invoked by Vajpayee: insaniyat, jamhuriat, kashmiriyat,” Yadav says. “This unconstitutional move plays into the hands of separatists and Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, besides reneging on the idea of India and the promise to the people of Kashmir.”
2.07 pm: DMK’s Trichy Siva says the resolution to scrap Article 370 is unconstitutional.
2.05 pm: Meanwhile, Pakistan President Arif Alvi says the attempt to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir is “against the resolutions of UNSC and the wishes of the Kashmiri people”.
“Pakistan supports [and] insists on a peaceful resolution based on wishes of Kashmiri people [and] stands with them in their hour of need,” Alvi’s office says in a tweet.
2.02 pm: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, while expressing his party’s support to the resolution, says: “Today we took Jammu and Kashmir, tomorrow we will take Balochistan and PoK”, according to The Indian Express. “I am sure PM Modi will make the dream of Akand Hindustan come true.”
1.58 pm: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram says the disintegration of India has begun with the resolution on Article 370. “The govt has illegally disintegrated J&K,” the former Union minister says, according to News18. “This will set a precedent and allow the govt to disintegrate any state as per its will and we will not stand by this.”
1.55 pm: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief MK Stalin condemns the government’s move. “Democracy has been murdered,” Stalin says, according to ANI. “Without consulting people of Jammu and Kashmir, Article 370 has been taken away.”
1.51 pm: “A border state, which is culturally, geographically, historically and politically different was bound together by Article 370,” says Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad. “Drunk in power and to get votes, BJP [government] scrapped 3-4 things. They’ve cut off head of the country. Political parties will fight and stand with Jammu and Kashmir.”
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1.42 pm: NDA constituent Shiromani Akali Dal supports the Centre’s Bill in the Raya Sabha.
1.38 pm: Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Pawar says the Centre should have taken the mainstream political leaders of the Valley into confidence, ANI reports.
1.35 pm: BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad also extends support to the Bills.
1.34 pm: Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee says there is nothing revolutionary about the Centre’s move to revoke Article 370. “It’s a political decision even though it is not a wise decision,” he tells ANI.
1.32 pm: This is what has happened so far today:
- The President of India has issued an order that removes some of the special provisions that have been extended to Jammu and Kashmir over the years. It also amends Article 367 of the Constitution, effectively saying that the Delhi-picked Governor – rather than an elected government – speaks for the state and can decide what happens next.
- Home Minister Amit Shah introduced two resolutions in Parliament. The first recommends that the President issue another order deleting all the clauses of Article 370 – which carves out Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in India – and replaces it with a line that effectively brings the state in line with the rest of India.
- Shah’s second resolution wants to split into two. The new-look state would see the region of Ladakh become a Union Territory with no legislature. The regions of Jammu & Kashmir would also become a separate union territory, but with a legislature.
1.25 pm: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko opposes the bill on Article 370, says it is “murder of democracy”. “You have played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir,” he says, according to ANI. “When additional army personnel were deployed there, I was worried. Kashmir should not become Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan.”
“I am opposing this Bill. This is a day of shame, shame, shame...this is murder of democracy,” he says.
1.14 pm: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal says his party supports the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. “We hope this will bring peace and development in the state.”
1.11 pm: The Bodoland People’s Front and Shiv Sena also extend their support to the government’s resolution on scrapping Article 370.
1.06 pm: Red alert imposed on the Delhi Metro network.
1.02 pm: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supports the BJP in the Rajya Sabha. “Amma [former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa] is well known for upholding sovereignty and integrity,” AIADMK parliamentarian A Navaneethakrishnan says in the Rajya Sabha. “So AIADMK party supports the two resolutions, Reorganisation Bill & the Reservation Bill.”
1 pm: Indian Army and the Air Force are on high alert, ANI reports.
12.58 pm: YSR Congress Party also extends its support to the BJP in Parliament.
12.57 pm: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray says this is a historic day for India. “Jammu & Kashmir now truly a part of India,” he says. “The path to a safer, progressive and an open J&K determined by citizens, and not anti-national separatists has been paved. This is a moment of pride as the NDA.”
12.55 pm: Meanwhile, nearly 8,000 paramilitary troops were airlifted to Kashmir Valley from other parts of the country such as Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Assam, ANI reports.
12.52 pm: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah says the government’s unilateral decision is shocking and “a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had reposed in India when the state acceded to it in 1947”.
12.50 pm: Biju Janata Dal will support the BJP in Parliament to scrap Article 370. MP Prasanna Acharya says: “In real sense today, Jammu & Kashmir has become a part of India. My party supports this resolution. We are a regional party but for us nation is first.”
12.48 pm: Janata Dal (United) will not support the bill to scrap Article 370, says KC Tyagi, according to ANI.
12.38 pm: “Separate status led to separatism. No dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue,” adds Jaitley. “A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go.”
12.37 pm: “While the Article 370 and Article 35A decision benefits the residents of J&K the most, the Kashmir regional leaders feel that they will not be able to whip up the fake issue of ‘sentiment vs. benefit’ to the people,” Jaitley adds.
“J&K integration with India took place in October 1947. Article 370 came into force in 1952, Article 35A came in 1954, four and seven years later respectively,” the former Union minister says. “How can Articles 370 and 35A be a condition precedent to merger? What was a temporary and transient provision cannot be treated as permanent. It had to go.”
12.34 pm: “The government’s decision in relation to Article 370 is a monumental decision towards National integration,” former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says in a series of tweets. “The decision of the government will help the people of J&K the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue.”
12.32 pm: BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, welcomes the reorganisation bill. “People there wanted the region to be a Union Territory,” he tells ANI. “People in Ladakh wanted that the region be freed from the dominance and discrimination of Kashmir, that is happening today.”
12.29 pm: Amit Shah says this is not the first time this has happened. “Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended article 370 through similar process,” says Shah, according to ANI. “So instead of protesting, please let me speak and have a discussion, all your doubts and misunderstandings will be cleared, I am ready to answer all your questions.”
12.27 pm: Former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj calls it a “bold and historic decision”.
12.16 pm: BJP leader Baijayant Jay Panda thanks Modi and Shah for having “the courage to take this long overdue, historic decision”. “With #Article370 gone, at long last, the slogan ‘From Kashmir To Kanyakumari, India Is One’ finally, finally comes true,” he adds.
12.14 pm: Karnataka BJP leader Sadananda Gowda says this was the moment he was living for.
12.11 pm: The Bahujan Samaj Party supports the government’s decision to scrap Article 370.
12.10 pm: PDP MPs Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway protest in Parliament premises.
12.07 pm: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad criticises PDP’s Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway for trying to tear the Constitution of India. “We stand by the Constitution of India,” Azad says, adding that the Congress is ready to give up its lives for the Constitution but the BJP has now murdered.
12.03 pm: Under the “umbrella of Article 370”, three families looted Jammu and Kashmir for several years, Amit Shah tells the Rajya Sabha.
12.01 pm: Two Lt Governors – one each for Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – have been proposed.
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11.57 am: “People like us who placed faith in Parliament, the temple of democracy, have been deceived,” adds Mufti. “Those elements in J&K who rejected the constitution & sought resolution under the UN have been vindicated. This will exacerbate the alienation Kashmiris feel.”
11.56 am: “It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent,” says Mufti, adding that the Centre’s “intentions are clear”. “They want the territory of J&K by terrorising it’s people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” Mufti adds.
11.55 am: “Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy,” former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti says. “Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2-nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.”
11.53 am: “What a glorious day,” says BJP leader Ram Madhav.
11.52 am: PDP MPs Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway asked to go out of Rajya Sabha because they attempted to tear the Constitution, reports ANI.
11.43 am: Amit Shah says all provisions of Article 370 will be considered null and void once the President gives his assent to the proposal, according to News18.
11.38 am: Amit Shah proposes Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. Jammu and Kashmir will be a Union Territory with a legislature, like Delhi, while Ladakh will be a Union Territory without a Legislature.
11.35 am: A Presidential Order removes provisions under Article 35A, which gives Jammu and Kashmir special treatment, a precursor to doing away with Article 35A and Article 370.
11.27 am: Amit Shah’s announcement in Jammu and Kashmir is met with ruckus and uproar from the Opposition.
11.23 am: “I am ready for all discussions by the leader of the Opposition, the entire opposition and the members of the ruling party over Kashmir issue,” Amit Shah said before moving the proposal, according to ANI. “I am ready to answer all questions.”
11.18 am: Home Minister Amit Shah moves resolution seeking scrapping of Article 370 of Constitution, amid ruckus by Opposition parties.
11.16 am: “There is a war-like situation in Kashmir... former chief ministers are under House arrest,” says Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha.
11.15 am: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu says four bills on Jammu and Kashmir are coming up in Parliament. Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad rises to speak, while other Opposition MPs create commotion as Home Minister Amit Shah begins to address the House.
11.13 am: A zoomed in photo of the document Amit Shah was carrying while he entered PMO shows the prime minister will address India on August 7.
The photo also shows that the president and vice president have been informed of the matter by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “All party meeting to be announced, government prepared for possibility of violent disobedience in sections of uniformed personnels and enhanced security measures in states like UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala” are other points that the photo shows.
11.08 am: Rajya Sabha convenes.
11.07 am: Industrialist Anand Mahindra says “cannot pretend” this is just another Monday morning. “The entire country is waiting to exhale over Kashmir,” Mahindra says. “Can only pray for the safety of everyone there & for an outcome that makes the nation stronger & the future more positive.”
11 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Parliament.
10.52 am: Leaders of Opposition parties meet in Parliament complex to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, News18 reports. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, meets leaders from the DMK, Trinamool Congress, CPI, Aam Aadmi Party and the CPI(M).
10.48 am: Schools reopen normally in Leh region of Jammu and Kashmir, ANI reports.
10.45 am: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP TR Baalu, Revolutionary Socialist Party’s NK Premchandran and Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s AM Arif give Adjournment Motion Notices in the Lower House, according to ANI.
10.23 am: Here are some visuals from Jammu and Kashmir.
10.16 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to address the Rajya Sabha at 11 am and the Lok Sabha at 12 pm.
10.15 am: Cabinet meeting concludes.
10.14 am: Congress MPs is Lok Sabha are expected to meet at 10.30 am in Parliament, according to ANI.
10.12 am: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad condemns the Kashmir crisis and says mainstream politics in the state is being murdered. “What sort of politics is the BJP indulging in here? Democracy is being murdered in Jammu and Kashmir,” he says, according to Republic. The Congress will raise the matter in Parliament and seek a clarification from the prime minister.
10.09 am: People’s Democratic Party Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz protest in the Parliament over the Kashmir crisis. They entered the Parliament wearing black bands on their arms.
10.04 am: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Asaduddin Owaisi gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the Kashmir conflict, while Communist Party of India MP Binoy Viswam gives notice in Rajya Sabha, ANI reports.
10 am: Here are some visuals of security forces deployed in Srinagar.
9.47 am: People’s Democratic Party Rajya Sabha MP Nazir Ahmad Laway gives a Zero Hour notice in the House over Kashmir crisis, News 18 reports. But the Upper House will first take up “urgent legislative business”, according to ANI.
9.40 am: Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram says the house arrest of mainstream Jammu and Kashmir leaders “is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects”.
“I had warned of a misadventure in J&K. It seems the government is determined to embark upon one,” Chidamabaram says while condemning the arrests. “Before the day is over we will know if there will be a major crisis in J&K. Keeping my fingers crossed.”
9.35 am: The Cabinet Committee on Security, which addresses concerns related to national security and foreign affairs, meets ahead of the Union Cabinet meeting, reports News18. The committee includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
9.29 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval ahead of the Cabinet meeting, News18 reports. The Cabinet is set to meet at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 9.30 am to reportedly discuss the Kashmir situation.
9.26 am: Several Congress MPs give an adjournment notice in the Rajya Sabha to discuss the Kashmir situation, reports ANI.
9.24 am: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad meets Union Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of the Cabinet meeting. Shah is now on his way to the Cabinet meeting, NDTV reports. The Cabinet is set to meet at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 9.30 am to discuss the Kashmir situation.
9.23 am: Responding to Kher’s tweet on genocide, senior journalist Mrinal Pande says: “Let me jog your own memory a bit. The BJP, notwithstanding the Pandit exodus then, had continued to support the then government. The governor Jagmohan too had encouraged Pandits to flee, while old media hands like me had then said that was wrong, and once we say this too is wrong.”
Several other users on Twitter also called out Kher for his tweets.
9.21 am: Other journalists such as Swati Chaturvedi also criticise Kher. She asks Kher if he wants a genocide in Kashmir, to which the actor says genocide had happened in 1990, referring to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in 1990.
9.18 am: Actor Anupam Kher is being criticised for tweeting that the “Kashmir solution has begun”.
Writer and senior journalist Mrinal Pande says: “Shame on you! An undeclared war against your own people remains both politically and ethically unjustifiable in any civilized democracy.”
9.05 am: Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha on the Kashmir crisis, reports The Hindu. He has sought a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
9.01 am: Schools in the Ladakh region will remain open normally, ANI reports. Curfew has not been extended to the region.
8.58 am: Security tightened in Srinagar.
8.56 am: According to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s order placing curbs in the state, “there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed”. Public meetings have also been banned, The Indian Express reports.
7.48 am: Top state government officials have been reviewing options to modify Article 35A, which confers special rights to the permanent residents of the state, The Indian Express reports. Some of the options are creating categories of land and allowing outsiders to purchase land in certain cases, and placing restrictions on the quantum of land based on the usage.
7.42 am: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has warned New Delhi that any change in the state’s special status will be resisted, reports the Hindustan Times. He has asked people to be ready for a “long and tough” struggle.
7.40 am: Classes at schools and colleges in several parts of the state have been suspended, and restrictions have been imposed in several districts, reports PTI. The district authorities imposed night curfew in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Restrictions were also imposed in a number of districts of Jammu division.
7.37 am: The Union Cabinet will meet at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi at 9.30 am to discuss the Kashmir situation, reports NDTV.
7.35 am: Not just mobile internet, broadband has also been suspended. Landlines and local mobile numbers have been blocked.
7.30 am: Here is a recap of what happened in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday:
- Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put under house arrest late at night, and Section 144 was imposed in Srinagar. Cellular and internet services were partially suspended in the state.
- Mainstream political parties met in Srinagar before curfew was imposed, and announced they would be united to protect the special status of Kashmir. This came amid reports that the Centre was planning to do abolish or modify Article 35A and Article 370 of Consitution or order trifurcation of the state.
- Jammu and Kashmir cricket team’s coach and mentor Irfan Pathan was asked to leave the state along with 100 other cricketers.
- The Indian Army offered the Pakistani Army to take back the bodies of its personnel who were killed during an alleged infiltration attempt across the Line of Control. Tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were asked to leave the state on Friday because of terror threat posed by militants allegedly backed by Pakistani soldiers.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other top government officials. The hour-long meeting was believed to have been about the situation in the Valley but no official details of the meeting have been disclosed.
- Here is Scroll.in’s article attempting to make sense of what is happening in the state. The Kashmir mystery: Five questions that the Centre should answer after a week of panic