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PoK and Aksai Chin also part of Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 06, 2019, 11.59 AM (IST)

A day after India's upper house of Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 which led to the scrapping of Article 370, home minister Amit Shah presented a resolution in the lower house of Parliament.

On Monday, the Rajya Sabha had passed the bill on J&K with a total of 125 votes in favour with 61 members voting against it. 

The government on Monday had announced the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and revoked Article 370 which gave special status to J&K. According to the new bill, 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.

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During another heated debate in the Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India while adding that Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu & Kashmir.

"Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of Union of India. Kashmir ki seema mein PoK bhi aata hai(PoK also comes under Kashmir border...Jaan de denge iske liye! (We will give our lives for it)," Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha.

"Main sadan mein jab jab Jammu and Kashmir rajya bola hoon tab tab Pakistan occupied Kashmir aur Aksai Chin dono iska hissa hain, ye baat hai.(Whenever I have spoken about Jammu and Kashmir, PoK and Aksai Chin both have been a part of it, that is what!," he added.

The revoking of Article 370 was supported by several parties in the Rajya Sabha on Monday including Chandrababu Naidu-Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Mayawati's BSP, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, AIADMK, AGP, Akali Dal and RPI.

However, the Congress, CPM, CPI, DMK, SP, IUML and KC(M) voted against the resolution as the JD(U), TMC and NCP walked out the Rajya Sabha.

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During another heated debate in the Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India while adding that Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu & Kashmir.