New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Thursday. This comes two days after Parliament passed a resolution revoking certain provisions of Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and passing a bill that bifurcates the state into two union territories.
"Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi will be addressing the nation at 8 PM today," the Prime Minister's Office said in a post on Twitter.
The address, a first after the Centre’s decision on Jammu & Kashmir, assumes significance because it is expected that Modi will make an attempt to not just explain the impact of the decision to the country but also to start a dialogue with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the reorganisation bill, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been divided into two union territories - Ladakh without a legislature, and Jammu and Kashmir with one.
The US is closely monitoring developments in India after the latter passed legislation on new territorial status and governance in Jammu and Kashmir, a State Department official said. The comments come in the wake of Pakistan expelling Indian envoy and downgrading diplomatic ties. This remark from the US seems a departure from its earlier stance wherein it had said the White House had taken note of India’s move.
The change in tone could be due to Pakistan putting pressure on the US to come out with a stronger statement as Washington turns to Pakistan to help reach a pact with the Taliban, analysts said.