Even as the BJP and its leaders hail the Article 370 success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly asked the partymen to opt for muted tone on the issue related to Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of celebrations and 'chest-thumping', the PM has asked his Cabinet and other leaders to think about the future course of events. According to an Indian Express report, the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet to think about the 'repercussions' in the post-Article 370 era.
The Indian Express report also said that the message from the Prime Minister is very clear - it's going to be a long haul and everyone should be prepared for the aftermath. The report comes at a time when the social media is flooded with 'now you can marry fair Kashmiri girls' messages.
In fact, BJP lawmaker Vikram Saini's video had gone viral, in which he was seen exhorting the younge party workers to marry 'gori' girls from Kashmir. While there might be a sense of accomplishment in the BJP camp for fulfilling its poll promise, the fact remains that the ground reality is anything but normal. There might be an errie calm in the Valley, but that is because of the stringent lockdown. With Pakistan upping its ante and China giving a tacit support, the Modi government has to fight a two-pronged battle at home and on global stage.
Meanwhile, PM Modi is likely to address the nation today during which he is expected to explain government's decisions on abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two union territories, sources have said.The last time he addressed the nation was on March 27 during the Lok Sabha elections when he announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile (A-Sat) capability by shooting down a live satellite. Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. It also cleared a bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.