NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir will be organised and will no longer be a state, Home Minister Amit Shah said today in parliament, after announcing that Article 370 granting special status to the state under the constitution would be scrapped.
Ladakh will be a Union Territory without an assembly and Jammu and Kashmir will be a Union Territory with an assembly, under the proposal. There will be two Lieutenant Governors.
Amit Shah said in parliament that the Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir “has a large area but is sparsely populated with a difficult terrain. There has been a long pending demand of people of Ladakh, to give it the status of a Union Terriotiry to enable them to realise their aspirations.” The Union territory of Ladakh will be without a legislature, he said.
He added that in view of the “prevailing security situation”, fueled by cross-border terrorism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a separate Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir was being created. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir would be with legislature.