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India issues presidential order revoking special status to Indian-controlled Kashmir

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-06 05:51

Members of various Left parties and their supporters protest against the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the proposed bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, India, on Aug 5, 2019. [Photo/IC]

NEW DELHI -- An official notification was issued in the name of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday, revoking the special status to Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The presidential order was published simultaneously as the country's Home Minister (Internal Security) Amit Shah proposed in parliament the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Shah on Monday proposed in the parliament's upper house to revoke the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees a "special status" to Indian-controlled Kashmir.

As soon as the proposal was made, there was a pandemonium in the house.

As per the Article 370 of the constitution, the Indian-controlled Kashmir is accorded a special status which means that all provisions laid down in the Indian Constitution are not applicable there.

Presently, according to the Article 370, except for areas such as defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications, the Indian Parliament needs the Indian-controlled Kashmir government's concurrence for applying all other laws.

Political parties opposed to the main ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Indian-controlled Kashmir have opposed the attempt to scrap the Article 370.

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