The Centre on Monday scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bars people from rest of India from buying land in the state.
Union Minister Amit Shah announced in Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir will now be a union territory with legislature and Ladakh to be union territory without legislature.
Amit Shah said that this had been done in view of constant threats of cross border terrorism.
Here is all you need to know about Article 370:
Article 370 is a "temporary provision" which accords special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir under Part XXI of the Constitution and it specifies that except for Defence, Foreign Affairs, Communications and ancillary matters, Parliament needs the state government's concurrence for applying all other laws.
Parliament can also not increase or decrease the borders of the state. It allows the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to make it own Constitution, and thus, granting it special autonomy.
Article 35A comes under Article 370 which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir government to define the state's permanent residents and to grant them privileges and special rights.
The Centre on Monday scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir