Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council Abolished, Lockdown Continues On 75th Day

Jammu and Kashmir government issued formal orders on Thursday for abolition of legislative council and opening of new administrative secretariat in Ladakh under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, which was passed in August.

The government issued orders under section 57 of J&K Reorganisation Bill stating that all the staff members of the legislative council should report to the general administration department.

J&K legislative council, with a strength of 36 members, was created in 1957 following adoption of a new constitution by the state constituent assembly and passing of the Legislative Councils Act in Parliament.

This also allowed party members who lost elections to enter the power structure and grab ministerial posts despite losing.

Meanwhile, Normal life continues to remain affected for the 75th straight day, on Friday, in Occupied Kashmir (IoK), due to the Indian military lockdown and suspension of internet and prepaid cellular services.

Shop and business establishments continue to remain closed except for few hours in the morning and evening. Private vehicles are plying on the roads but absence of public transport is adding to people’s woes.

The occupation authorities are likely to re-impose curfew-like restrictions, today, in the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from holding a march towards the UN office in Srinagar.

Call for which has been given by the Resistance Youth League to register protest against Indian occupation and repeal of special status of Kashmir. The restriction will also be intensified to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations after Friday prayers.

Pertinently, the authorities have not allowed the Friday congregational prayers at any of the major mosques and shrines of the territory since August 05.

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