Kashmir Crisis: Bill to bifurcate J&K passed in Rajya Sabha
The bill to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories has been passed in the Rajya Sabha today.
New Delhi: The bill to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories has been passed in the Rajya Sabha today, even several opposition parties walked out, bringing down the majority mark. The resolution was passed through a voice vote - 125 members voted in its favour and 61 voted against the bill.
Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal, Jagan Reddy's YSR Congress, N Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party and in a surprise addition -- Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party sided with the government on the decision which took the to 117.
Out of 242 members, the ruling National Democratic Alliance has 107 members in the Rajya Sabha.
Trinamool Congress, which has 13 members walked out and BJP ally Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, which has 6 members, boycotted the voting. Two lawmakers of the People's Democratic Party were suspended for tearing up the constitution in protest.