Commitment to fulfill dreams of J&K, Ladakh people remains unwavering: PM

‘Not just a legal judgment, but beacon of hope’

NEW DELHI, Dec 11:
Hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the Government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution as “historic”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted today that it is not just a legal judgment, but a “beacon of hope” and a testament to the collective resolve to build a stronger and more united India.
In a post on X, Modi said the Supreme Court verdict on the abrogation of Article 370 is “historic” and 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. The 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.
“I want to assure the resilient people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that our commitment to fulfilling your dreams remains unwavering,” the Prime Minister added.
“We are determined to ensure that the fruits of progress not only reach you but also extend their benefits to the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of our society who suffered due to Article 370,” he asserted.
The verdict is not just a legal judgment, it is a beacon of hope, a promise for a brighter future and a testament to the collective resolve to build a stronger, more united India, the Prime Minister said on the microblogging platform, using the hashtag “NayaJammuKashmir”.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also welcomed the Supreme Court verdict to uphold the Government’s decision to abrogate Article 370, saying the ruling has proved that the August 5, 2019 decision was “completely Constitutional”.
In a series of posts on X soon after the Supreme Court verdict, Shah, the architect of the entire move to abrogate Article 370, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a visionary decision five years ago that brought peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I welcome the Honourable Supreme Court of India’s verdict upholding the decision to abolish Article 370. On August 5, 2019, PM Narendra Modi took a visionary decision to abrogate Article 370. Since then peace and normalcy have returned to J&K,” he said.
The Home Minister said growth and development have brought new meaning to human life in the Valley, which was once torn by violence.
He said prosperity in the tourism and agriculture sectors has raised the income levels of the residents of both Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
“Today, the Supreme Court’s verdict has proved that the decision to abrogate Article 370 was completely Constitutional,” he wrote on X with the hashtag #NayaJammuKashmir.
Shah said 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.
The entire region now echoes with melodious music and cultural tourism and the bonds of unity have strengthened, and Jammu and Kashmir’s integrity with ‘Bharat’ stands reinforced.
“It is once again the Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh that always belonged to our nation and will continue to be so,” he said.
Shah said under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the NDA Government is committed to establishing lasting peace in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and the all-round development of the region.
“Whether it is boosting the local economy with new incentives, building state-of-the-art educational infrastructure, or empowering the poor with welfare benefits, we will continue to exert all our might for the region,” the Home Minister said.
Defence Minister and former BJP president Rajnath Singh in a post on X said, “Today the Supreme Court upheld Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution and the process followed for that.”
“This historic decision of the Supreme Court is going to make every Indian happy,” he said and added that by abrogating Article 370, Prime Minister Modi has not only written a new chapter but has also given new strength to the unity and integrity of India.
Today Jammu and Kashmir has entered a new era of development, he added.
“I have full confidence that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the entire region of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will prove to be a benchmark in terms of development and good governance,” Singh wrote on X.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on X said the top court’s verdict is yet another victory and moment of celebration for all the “nationalist people” of the country, who dreamt of “complete integration of the Jammu and Kashmir with Bharat” and for which they fought political and legal battles, and even sacrificed their lives.
Thakur said that the Modi Government withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, to undo one of the many “historic blunders” committed by the Congress during the Nehruvian era.
“Certain political ecosystems and its offshoots and offshore sympathisers started conspiracies against this integration process because they never wanted normalcy to return to the (Kashmir) Valley,” he claimed.
The Minister said the unification of Bharat was incomplete without “Ek Pradhan, Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan”. “And this objective was finally achieved,” he added.
“Under the leadership of Modi ji, peace and prosperity are returning and people have rejected terrorism,” Thakur said.
“More power to Narendra Modi ji because the nation trusts him as a man of his word who can restore the glory and territory of Bharat, lost in the past,” the Minister wrote on X. (PTI)