Article 370 of the constitution forbid Indians outside the state from permanently settling, holding local government jobs, buying land and securing education scholarships. The official order from the government, which was issued hours after imposing a major security clampdown in the disputed region, said the measure came into force.
Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament that the president had signed an official order abolishing Article 370 of the constitution that gave a measure of autonomy to the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
Shah said “The entire constitution will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir state,” to opposition legislators who were against the repeal.
Shah said the government also decided to split the state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be ruled directly by the central government without a legislature of its own.
Critics of such a measure say that by abolishing Article 370, the government hopes to change Kashmir’s Muslim majority demographics by allowing new Hindu resident.
Despite the blackout on internet services in the region, Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufi tweeted that the government’s decision is “illegal” and “unconstitutional“.
Mufti wrote that today marks the darkest day in democracy.
Former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, along with regional party leader Sajad Lone, had initially been placed under house arrest. The three were moved to an official guest house on Monday, according to a court order. The order said your activities are likely to cause a breach of peacekeeping into consideration your recent activities that may likely lead to a serious law and order situation.