In a veiled attack on Pakistan, senior BJP leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said subversive elements that are fomenting trouble in Kashmir will not go unscathed and “have to pay a heavy cost” for spreading terror in the country.
“Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so,” Jaitley said, addressing a gathering of intellectuals at an event organised here by the BJP.
He clarified that common citizens in trouble-torn Kashmir are different from separatist elements. “What is needed is to keep the common citizens with us in the country’s fight against terror,” he added.
“Those who will carry out terrorist attacks like the ones recently reported in Pathankot and Uri will be given a befitting reply and won’t go unpunished,” Jaitley said, without mentioning the recent surgical strikes carried by the army on the terrorists’ launch pads along the Line of Control. “Did you notice the result (surgical strikes)?”
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Jaitley said the previous governments would react in a traditional manner by diplomatically isolating those behind the terrorist attacks.
“But the people were expecting that the country’s new leadership has the capacity to take hard decisions,” he said.
Jaitley likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a symbol of aspirational India. “This aspirational India, comprising the youth, tests the leaders by the results they deliver…They don’t get swayed by certain ruling clans that had been ruling the state,” Jaitley said, in a veiled attack on the Congress.
“...dynastic politics is failing in the country, which is governed by a democratic system,” he added.
He also referred to the ongoing family feud in the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. “Such place coups used to happen in the 18th century…but the aspirational India is not ready to tolerate such family feuds in political parties,” Jaitley said.