PM, Shah welcome SC verdict on Article 370, parties in JK disappointed

New Delhi: The Supreme Court verdict, upholding the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, drew mixed reactions from a spectrum of top political leaders across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the verdict saying the judgement was a beacon of hope to build a stronger, more united India.

Calling the verdict ” historic”, Modi said it constitutionally upholds the decision taken by Parliament on August 5, 2019. “It is a resounding declaration of hope, progress and unity for our sisters and brothers in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”.

“Court, in its profound wisdom, has fortified the very essence of unity that we, as Indians, hold dear and cherish above all else”,” he said.

Welcoming the judgement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said “The Supreme Court’s verdict has proved that the decision to abrogate Article370 was completely constitutional”.

After the abrogation of Article 370, the rights of the poor and deprived have been restored, and separatism and stone pelting are now things of the past, Shah said in a post on X.

“The bonds of unity have strengthened, and integrity with Bharat stands reinforced,” he added.

Over four years after the Modi government revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court during the day upheld the decision in a landmark judgement, saying the Union Territory does not have any “sovereignty” different from other states of the country.

The 5-member Constitution Bench of the top court, headed by Chief Justice of India Justice D Y Chandrachud, said Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was a “temporary” feature and the President of India had the powers to abrogate it.

However, Kashmir’s mainstream political parties said they were “disappointed” after the top court’s verdict.

Former Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the “ struggle” would continue and they were prepared for the “long haul.” “Disappointed but not disheartened. The struggle will continue. It took the BJP decades to reach here. We are also prepared for the long haul. #WeShallOvercome #Article370,” Omar said in a post on X.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said the fight for “honour and dignity” would continue and the SC verdict was not the end of the road.

PDP has decided to suspend all of its political activities for the next one week to stand in solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir in the wake of the Supreme Court Judgment, the party said.

Another former Chief Minister and Democratic Progressive Azad Party chief Ghulam Nabi Azad said people of J&K were not happy with the verdict.

“People of J&K were hopeful … The SC bench was good. …It was a mistake to abrogate Article 370 in August 2019. It was done in a hurry. ..J&K political parties should have been also asked…. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are disappointed with this judgment,” Azad told reporters.

Peoples Conference head Sajad Lone said Article 370 may have been legally obliterated but will always remain a “part of our political aspirations.”

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the Supreme Court’s verdict was “sad” but not “unexpected”.“370 verdict sad but not unexpected. Those people who at the time of the partition of the subcontinent, facilitated the accession of J&K and reposed their faith in the promises and assurances given to them by the Indian leadership must feel deeply betrayed,” Mirwaiz posted on X.

Senior Congress leader and MP P Chidambaram said, prima facie his party ‘disagree(s)’ with the judgment on the manner in which it was abrogated in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We respectfully disagree with the verdict. Article 370 deserved to be honoured,” he said.

At a press conference held at AICC headquarters here, Chidambaram said, “We reiterate the CWC resolution that Article 370 deserved to be honoured until it was amended strictly in accordance with the Constitution of India.”

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the verdict and said that it will strengthen the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.

Taking to X, the Chief Minister wrote, “The decision given by the Honourable Supreme Court regarding Article 370 and 35 A is commendable. This is going to strengthen the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’.”

Communist Party of India (Marxist) said the Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 is ‘disturbing’ and it will have ‘serious consequences’ for the federal structure of the constitution.

In a statement, the CPI(M) Politburo said the verdict of the Supreme Court dismissing the challenges to the abrogation of Article 370 and dissolution of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is disturbing.

“It has serious consequences for the federal structure of our Constitution which is one of its fundamental features”, the statement said.

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party in a statement said the verdict has “deeply saddened” the people of the Union Territory.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu hailed the judgement.

He said the historic decision to abrogate Article 370 on August 5, 2019, under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, has paved the way for peace and development in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. UNI

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