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Itanagar, Dec 12 – Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India which granted special status to the then state of Jammu and Kashmir.

A five-judge Constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud gave the verdict in response to a bunch of petitions challenging Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370. The Centre in August 2019 scrapped Article 370 ending Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and split the state into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Heartily welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on abrogation of Article 370, CM Khandu said, “This judgment will serve as a beacon of hope for building a promising future for those who suffered due to Article 370.”

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.

The region has witnessed a drastic decline in militancy and a new wave of positivity since 2019. There is now a new era of growth & opportunities in the region, with the rights of resilient people being protected, Khandu said.

“Let us join hands to build #NayaJammuKashmir,” he appealed.

Arunachal Deputy CM Chowna Mein also welcomed the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of India to uphold the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is a historic verdict; the Apex Curt has affirmed the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370, marking a significant milestone in the Nation’s legal and political landscape.

The decision is a positive step towards integrating Jammu and Kashmir into the mainstream of country’s governance and will contribute to the overall development of the region,” Mein said.