Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga today regretted his recent remarks saying it is quite unfortunate that his statement was being misinterpreted and misrepresented.
"I deeply regret my remarks", he said in a televised statement while making a fervent appeal to all for maintaining peace and harmony in the state.
The minister's statement came after a meeting between BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and PDP leaders in Jammu on a range of issues, including Ganga's controversial statement, which had led to public bickering between the alliance partners of PDP and BJP.
Ganga had called stone pelters as traitors.
"There is only one remedy for them and that is bullets. And if not bullets, they should be given punishments like the youths who are beaten with sticks by forces. Take my word that next time they (the youth) won't throw stones," he was quoted as saying by the local media.
The BJP leader said his statement was twisted out of context by certain sections of media.
"My entire focus was targeted at the National Conference which had made a statement on the issue (of stone pelting)," he added.