BJP supporters—in particular, Gorakhpur’s Yogi Adityanath, who has openly endorsed Varun’s remarks—have been trying to whip up Hindu sentiment. For the "Hindu-minded", Varun’s speech has struck a chord though many feel that he should have been guarded in his language. Curiously, the party’s state president Hridaynath Dikshit is ambivalent: "We have disassociated the party from the contents of the CD we were given. It is for the law to take its course." Of course, he hastens to add that the BSP has blown up the issue and says the NSA was slapped on Varun only to get the Muslim vote.
The fact that the Varun issue is not working beyond a point is because most people feel that it was a "joint BSP-BJP conspiracy" to help the two parties—a line that has also been taken by the Congress and the SP. The feeling is that the district administration should have been strict, imposed Section 144 and not allowed Varun Gandhi to make such a dramatic surrender. The government defends itself by saying that it was impossible, that passions were inflamed.