UP Haj office's wall painted in saffron

Lucknow Exterior walls of Uttar Pradesh Haj House painted saffron in Lucknow on Jan 5 2017

Lucknow Exterior walls of Uttar Pradesh Haj House painted saffron in Lucknow on Jan 5 2017

Taking a U-turn on the issue of painting the boundary wall of UP State Haj Committee office in saffron, the state government got it repainted in white to dilute the saffron tinge here on Saturday.

The move prompted the opposition Samajwadi Party to accuse the BJP government of indulging in "blatant saffronisation".

Chief executive officer and secretary of the committee RP Singh told HT on Saturday: "We had asked the contractor to paint the building matching the colour of the nearby structures".

Immediate cognisance of the negligence done by the contractor in colouring and the building was taken and corrective measure as well as action against him (the contractor) was initiated, the press note said. However, uniformity with other government buildings in vicinity was imperative, Singh had claimed.

However, Uttar Pradesh Minister Mohsin Raza said the move did not invite any controversy and the building was painted saffron just to beautify it.

The BJP-led state government today went into damage control mode and admitted "laxity" on part of the contractor tasked with the job. It is indulging in these antics only to hide its faults and failures.

Saffron colour is majorly related with the Hinduism and also associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

While interacting with the media persons All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesman Yasoob Abbas took strong exception to the change in colour and said "What is this? This is politics of colour and should be avoided", he said. After several reports of its being painted in saffron colour, I reached there to review the work and found out that work was done completely opposite of what was directed. "Saffron is a colour which symbolises "ujala" (brightness) and "urja" (energy)".

"Saffron is a colour, which is synonymous with positivity".

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