The BJP on Monday charged that invoking NSA against its leader Varun Gandhi was a conspiracy of a tacit understanding between Congress and and BSP to stop him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
"Without the tacit understanding with the Centre, the state (BSP-ruled Uttar Pradesh) would not have dared to misuse such an important piece of legislation....To book a person", senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.
Describing Varun as a nationalist to the core, Naidu said "what's the offence he has committed ?" Varun has not been convicted, he is not a criminal, not a terrorist and not anti-national.
"You are soft on SIMI, soft on (PDP leader Abdul Nazar) Madani, you are soft on Afzal Guru; and shamelessly invoke NSA against an upcoming young boy", he said. "It's atrocious and condemnable. It's nothing but misusing authority given under law".
Booking Varun Gandhi under NSA would boomerang both on Congress and BSP, he claimed.
The action against him would not only have repercussions in Uttar Pradesh but also across the country, Naidu said.
"This (NSA) act has to be used against anti-nationals, terrorists and people who are harming the nation; and this act has been used against an upcoming young political activist, BJP candidate (Varun Gandhi)", he added.