Union Home Minister Amit Shah Commends Supreme Court’s Verdict Upholding Article 370 Abrogation

Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the recent decision by the Supreme Court, affirming the abrogation of Article 370, emphasizing that the verdict validates the government’s constitutional approach.

Expressing his support on X, Amit Shah stated, “I welcome the Supreme Court of India’s verdict upholding the decision to abolish #Article370. On the 5th of August 2019, PM Narendra Modi Ji took a visionary decision to abrogate #Article370. Since then peace and normalcy have returned to J&K. Growth and development have brought new meaning to human life in the valley once torn by violence. Prosperity in the tourism and agriculture sectors has raised the income levels of the residents of both Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.”

Shah added, “Today, the Supreme Court’s verdict has proved that the decision to abrogate #Article370 was completely constitutional.” It’s noteworthy that Amit Shah had presented the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 in both houses.

During the bill’s presentation, Shah emphasized the negative impact of Article 370, stating, “Due to (articles) 370 and 35A, corruption increased and reached its pinnacle. We feel pain in seeing the underdeveloped status of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 prohibits the development of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the root of terrorism and Article 370 is anti-women, anti-Dalit, and anti-development.”

The Supreme Court, in its recent decision, upheld the government’s move to abrogate Article 370, asserting that every decision by the Centre on behalf of a State cannot be legally challenged. The five-judge Constitution bench delivered the unanimous verdict, with Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud leading the judgment.

CJI Chandrachud highlighted that Article 370 was a temporary provision, established during wartime conditions in the state. The Court noted that it was meant for the constitutional integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union, emphasizing that Article 370 was not for disintegration.

The Supreme Court also directed the Election Commission to conduct Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections by September 30, 2024. Acknowledging the Centre’s commitment to restoring statehood, the Court directed the prompt reinstatement of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. The central government had announced the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 on August 5, 2019, leading to the bifurcation of the region into two union territories.

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