Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that the government will not yield to stone-pelting mobs in Kashmir, instead it will deal firmly with them. He also said that those who plead their cause are playing petty politics.
The statement came at a time when leaders from mainstream Opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir are meeting key leaders in both ruling and Opposition camps in New Delhi to beseech them to put an end to what they say is excessive use of force against protesters in the Valley and initiate dialogue with all stakeholders to find a political solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.
But Mr Jaitley chose to give them a piece of the government’s mind when he said that there will be no compromise on the security and integrity of the country and no compromise with people who indulge in violence.
To reiterate the government’s resolve not to budge on the issue, he said, “They (stone-pelters) are not satyagrahis but aggressors. If a police post manned by 10 police personal is attacked by 2,000 stone-pelters, it is an attack, but some people do not realise it.”