New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha session has begun with all eyes on Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is set to make a crucial announcement which may cap the suspense over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. There is mounting speculation that the announcement may be in connection with Article 370 and Article 35A which guarantee special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir.
Back in the Valley, three of Jammu and Kashmir’s most prominent politicians — Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone are under house arrest amid a massive security-built up in the state. Internet services and mobile services have been suspended in several places and all public gatherings are banned in Srinagar district as section 144 was imposed from midnight.
Rajya Sabha convenes for the day. Amit Shah is likely to make a statement on Jammu and Kashmir shortly amid heightened speculations over the aborrgation of Article 35A and Article 370, which gives the state a special status under the provisions of the Constitution.