Home Minister Amit Shah led from the front in Parliament on Monday as he introduced the resolution to scrap Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and also proposed bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories. This morning, there was uncertainty about what was going to happen to Jammu and Kashmir. The state was under lockdown, security had been upped, Internet had been snapped and prominent state leaders had been placed under house arrest. India was expecting a big announcement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jammu and Kashmir Bifurcated: Rajya Sabha Passes Resolution, Amit Shah Assures 'J&K Will Get Statehood Back When Situation is Normal'.
However, the day began with all eyes on MHA Amit Shah instead as he entered Parliament with a paper that had 'top secret' written over it. As Shah introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, he also proposed two 'historic' resolutions. One of them was the scrapping of Article 370 in J&K while the other was bifurcating the state into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without legislature. Jammu and Kashmir Lose Privileges Under Article 370, Article 35A: What Does it Mean For Kashmiris and Other Indians?
After introducing these resolutions, Amit Shah led the charge as he countered the Opposition point by point as leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram raised questions over the move. "You stand here in Parliament and say bloodshed will happen in Kashmir. What message are you sending to the valley? You want them to continue living in 18th century system, don't people there have the right to live in 21st century? Those who provoke have kids studying in London and US," said Shah in Rajya Sabha as he countered the Opposition over its stand on the scrapping of Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
There are positive as well as negative reactions to what has happened in Jammu and Kashmir over the past few days and what was announced today. However, most of these, both good and bad comments, are directed towards one man - Amit Shah. Even as Shah credits PM Narendra Modi for the move, he has in a way overshadowed Modi as he was being touted as the 'master planner' by many on social media as well as social circles alike.
Reactions to Amit Shah's speech in Parliament
— divtweets (@divyamtweets) August 5, 2019
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) August 5, 2019
Like him or hate him, @AmitShah has greater ideological conviction than almost any other leader in his tribe. He’s taking the argument to the people’s court. Reaching out to J&K youth and promising greater development over the next 5 years in than at any time in the state’s past.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) August 5, 2019
Towards the end of the debate on reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah promised development in the valley in the next five years and also gave an assurance that one the situation goes back to normal, Jammu and Kashmir will be back to being a state.
See Pic: PM Modi Pats Amit Shah's Back as Rajya Sabha Concludes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha after the House was adjourned. The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed, today. #Article370 pic.twitter.com/t8zosg1fLS
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
As the country awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on J&K on August 7, August 5 belonged to Shah. As House concluded for the day, Shah bowed down before Modi as the Prime Minister shook hands with him and patted him with "well done".