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IndiaPM, HM welcome SC verdict on Art 370, parties in Kashmir disappointed

PM, HM welcome SC verdict on Art 370, parties in Kashmir disappointed


New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court verdict, upholding the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to and 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 .

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 ”.

“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.

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.

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

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