A day after it got over two-thirds majority in the Rajya Sabha, the resolution to revoke Article 370 – which gives special status and powers to the state of Jammu and Kashmir – will be debated and voted in the Lok Sabha. The resolution to revoke Article 370 as well as bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir to two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh – have already been tabled in the House. The resolutions are likely to pass easily in the Lok Sabha, where the government has a clear majority. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed members of the Lok Sabha yesterday that Home Minister Amit Shah will make a statement in Lok Sabha today, following which there will be a discussion in the House before the vote takes place. President Ram Nath Kovind has already followed procedure and issued a gazette notification and gave his approval for the revocation of Article 370 – which is a “temporary and transient” provision in the Constitution of India giving special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir. Former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been placed under house arrest and restrictions have been put in place in J&K to ensure peace is maintained across the Valley. After the vote in Rajya Sabha last evening, Mr Abdullah and Ms Mufti were arrested and shifted to the government guest house. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba are in Jammu and Kashmir today to oversee the security measures.