The Rajya Sabha on August 5, 2019, has passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Bill, 2019, which seeks to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, while also bifurcating the state into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Bill introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah was passed by the Upper House through a voice vote, with 125 being in favour and 61 against it.
As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill, the Ladakh division of the state is a large region but is scarcely populated because of its difficult terrain. Thus, to seek proper development, the population of Ladakh had long been demanding the region to be declared as a Union Territory.
The J&K region was declared to be a Union Territory on account of prevalent cross border terrorism which had compromised internal security of the state.
The Bill will most likely be tabled in the Lok Sabha today i.e., August 6, 2019.