Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said Congress, which was protesting the scrapping of Article 370 in Rajya Sabha, had itself amended it twice in the past through similar process.

Speaking in the Upper House amid uproar by the opposition, Shah said, "This is not the first time. The Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended Article 370 through a similar process. 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."

Launching a veiled attack on National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Congress, Shah said, "Under the umbrella of Article 370, three families looted Jammu and Kashmir for years. Leader of Opposition (Ghulam Nabi Azad) said Article 370 connected Jammu and Kashmir to India, it's not true."

"Maharaja Hari Singh signed Jammu and Kashmir Instrument of Accession on 27 October 1947, Article 370 came in 1954." Shah's announcement was immediately followed by the massive uproar in Rajya Sabha with opposition MPs protesting in the Well of the House.

Shortly after Shah tabled a resolution in Rajya Sabha to scrap Article 370, President Ram Nath Kovind came out with a notification -- The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 that will come into force immediately.

The order will supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from time to time. The Centre also declared Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory with the legislature. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Bill, Ladakh will be taken out of the state and will be a Union Territory without legislature.

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