Bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir passed in Rajya Sabha

The bill to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories was passed in the Rajya Sabha today after several political parties walked out, making it easier for the government to reach the majority mark.

In the 242-member Rajya Sabha, the ruling National Democratic Alliance has 107 members, well short of the 121 majority mark. The bill was passed through a voice vote, 125 members voted in its favour and 61 voted against it.

Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal, Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress, N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party supported the bill.

Trinamool Congress, which has 13 members walked out and BJP ally Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, which has six members, boycotted the voting. Two lawmakers of the People’s Democratic Party were suspended after they tore the constitution in protest.

Source : Various