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Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill passed in Rajya Sabha with 125 members in favour

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 05, 2019, 06.54 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed in the Upper House of Parliament of Monday evening with a total of 125 votes in favour while 61 members voted against it. 

The government on Monday announced the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and revoked Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

While Jammu and Kashmir will be a Union Territory with a legislature, Ladakh has been converted into a separate Union Territory sans legislature. The Union Territory of Ladakh will be administered by Delhi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday addressed Rajya Sabha and said that scrapping Article 370 is essential to end terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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"I am convinced this move will result in the end of violence in Jammu and Kashmir," Shah said. 

The Home Minister further added that the reason for corruption, poverty, underdevelopment and lack of investments in Jammu and Kashmir was Article 370. 

"Tourism could not take place in Jammu and Kashmir because of Article 370," he noted. 

"Scrapping Article 370 is also essential to end terrorism," he stated.

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The government on Monday announced the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and revoked Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.