On Wednesday, May 28, when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) jumped into the Article 370 debate, spurred by the comments of newly appointed MoS (science and technology) in the PMO, Jitender Singh, it was only on expected lines.
A day earlier, Jitender (who later issued a denial) had stated that the Prime Minister’s office had already started work on revoking Article 370. Naturally, his comments invited not just criticism but even some stern warning from Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. While the new MoS withdrew his statement, RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav took to Twitter to criticise Omar. In two consecutive tweets posted on May 28, Madhav asserted the RSS view: “J&K won’t be part of India? Is Omar thinking it’s his parental estate? 370 or no 370, J&K has been and will always be an integral part of India.”