Saying that the days of “restraint” are over, two senior BJP leaders on Sunday advocated “for one tooth, the complete jaw” policy in J&K. Not doing so would be “cowardice”, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, MP from Udhampur in Jammu, said. “The PM has promised that those behind the Uri terror attack will not go unpunished. That should be the way forward. For one tooth, the complete jaw,” Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary in-charge of party affairs in J&K, posted on his Facebook page.
Calling the Uri attack “a disturbing moment and a moment of introspection”, Singh said, “I am not one bit in favour of responding with cowardice… There is no other option but to punish those behind this dastardly act.” Both Madhav and Singh refrained from naming Pakistan.
The Union minister said the nation could never repay the jawans for their sacrifices. “It is time for all of us to put our heads together and devise a strategy. I feel shattered over the loss of 17 lives of our brave soldiers.” Asserting that “the days of so-called strategic restraint are over”, Madhav said, “If terrorism is the instrument of the weak and coward, restraint in the face of repeated terror attacks betrays inefficiency and incompetence. India should prove otherwise.”