The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Uttar Pradesh wing has received a shot in the arm, with the Allahabad high court’s Advisory Board revoking the orders to detain BJP legislators Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana under the National Security Act (NSA).
The MLAs were booked for allegedly inciting tension during the recent riots in Uttar Pradesh.
Even though Som and Rana will have to remain in Muzaffarnagar District Jail — their bail applications in related cases are pending with a Muzaffarnagar court — the Advisory Board’s Thursday evening decision has given the BJP the ammunition to launch an offensive against the Samajwadi Party (SP) government.
The saffron party has resolved to take up the issue with voters in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
“We will make the people aware of how the state government acted in a biased way and failed to take action against the real culprits,” state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said on Friday.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has blamed the BJP for the Muzaffarnagar riots, saying that strict action will be taken against those playing the communal card.
On the other hand, Bajpai said the state government had used NSA against the two BJP MLAs for the sake of vote bank politics.
“Since violence erupted in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, the SP government has been targeting BJP leaders and workers. No action has been taken against errant SP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Congress leaders,” he said.
Demanding resignation of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the BJP state president added, “It’s clear that innocent people are being harassed by the state government.”
This is not the first time the Uttar Pradesh government has been put on the back foot on the NSA issue. On May 8, 2009, the Advisory Board of the Allahabad high court had revoked detention orders under NSA imposed by the BSP government on Varun Gandhi for his alleged hate speeches.