BJP general secretary and party's point man on J&K Ram Madhav on Thursday said the government's policy toward militancy would continue, "disagreeing" with former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's remarks that a "muscular policy" won't work in Kashmir.
"I don't agree with Mehbooba Mufti's phrase of muscular policy. As chief minister she was heading unified command and whatever we did in three years she was aware of that," Madhav said referring to anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.
After 2016 summer uprising the forces launched "Operation All Out" in the Valley, killing more than 200 militants last year, the highest in the past decade. However, Kashmir witnessed a rise in the number civilian killings during the past three years, especially during clashes between the protestors and government forces.
"You (Mehbooba) headed unified command for three years and suddenly you call it muscular policy," said Madhav.
Soon after resigning as chief minister on June 19 after BJP decided to walk out of the government, Mehbooba cautioned New Delhi that "muscular policy won't work in J&K and the state can't be treated as enemy territory".
"I don't know what they mean by muscular policy. Those who call muscular policy have headed unified command for three years and whatever activity was taken was undertaken was taken under their command," said Madhav.
Stating that Mehbooba's muscular policy remark was a political statement, Madhav said the policy to tackle militancy should continue in interests of the state and people.