Centre's J&K move a strong reply to terrorists: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said Independence Day will be celebrated with 'much more enthusiasm' in view of the Centre's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

With this decision, the Indian government has given a strong reply to terrorists and "Pakistan's infiltration activities" in the Kashmir Valley, Gadkari said.

He was addressing a gathering of students at the mass recitation of the song 'Vande Mataram' in Nagpur in Maharashtra.

"By revoking Article 370, we have strongly retaliated to the infiltration activities of Pakistan in Kashmir. The dreams of all Indians are fulfilled in the real sense today," Gadkari said.

"There is peace in Kashmir and in a way, terrorists have got a strong reply from India. And in this backdrop, the Independence Day tomorrow will be celebrated with more enthusiasm," he added.

The senior BJP leader, who is a Lok Sabha member from Nagpur constituency, said everyone should resolve to fulfill the dream of 'Akhandh Bharat' (undivided India).