Ghulam Ali of Gujjar Muslim community in Jammu and Kashmir nominated for Rajya Sabha, know its political significance

President Draupadi Murmu has appointed Ghulam Ali to the Rajya Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir. This is probably the first time that a person from the Gurjar Muslim community of the region has been sent to the Upper House as a nominated member. Ali’s nomination assumes significance as the community had little representation in legislative bodies before the abrogation of Article 370.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (a) of clause (a) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, which is contained in clause (3) of the same article,” a notification issued by the Union Home Ministry said. The President nominates Ghulam Ali to the Rajya Sabha to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of a nominated member.

Jitendra Singh, who is holding several important departments in the central government, congratulated Ali on the nomination of Ali as a new member in the Rajya Sabha. In a tweet, Singh said, “Ghulam Ali Khatana ji deserved the membership of Rajya Sabha, it has happened after a long time… an opportunity for you to play your best role in nation building.”

The Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2019 abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Article 370 gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

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