The Central Government on Saturday nominated Ghulam Ali of the Gurjar Muslim community of Jammu and Kashmir to the Rajya Sabha. 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. The move by the central government assumes significance as the community had little representation in legislative bodies before the abrogation of Article 370.
In a notification issued by the Union Home Ministry, it has been said that in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (a) of section (a) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, which is contained in section (3) of the same article, Including, the President nominates Ghulam Ali to the Rajya Sabha to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of a nominated member.
The move assumes significance as the community had little representation in legislative bodies before the abrogation of Article 370. 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.