Indian Express carried a blatant misinformation on Kashmir
issue stating that the President Rule was not renewed before the scrapping down
of Article 370. The president rule which was issued on 19th of
December was extended for 6 months on January 3rd till July 3rd.
According to the Article 356 of the constitution of India, the president rule
can be passed only for 6 months and can be extended further only by passing it
The Indian Express article stated that this further extension
was not passed in parliament. Special status to the former state of Jammu and
Kashmir was removed only by considering governor as playing the role of
legislature. Governor can play the role of legislature only when the president
rule was at place and based on this the author of the article Gopal
Sankaranarayanan stated that the removal of special status is unconstitutional
as president rule was not renewed and thus the governor can’t play the role of
But the fact is that the president rule was renewed constitutionally and this clarification was given by the Home Ministry through twitter.
The Home Ministry issued a clarification stated that the president rule was renewed through parliament approval on 28/6/19 in Lok Sabha and 1/7/19 in Rajya Sabha.
The article even went on to state that days of emergency are back, which is a false propaganda based on blatant misinformation. Home Ministry even directed Indian Express to take action on everyone related with this blatant misinformation.