U.P. Haj office gets saffron coat of paint

first_imgThe boundary wall of the Uttar Pradesh Haj office, opposite the Sate legislature building in the heart of the city, has got a saffron look overnight, days after the secretariat building facade was given the same coat. The Haj office compound wall got a bright saffron shade within days of the BJP government reducing the number of holidays allotted to state-recognised madrasas in the 2018 calendar. The painting was carried out late on Thursday night by the Uttar Pradesh estates department and the Haj office employees were not immediately available for a reaction, Friday being a holiday. The move prompted the opposition Samajwadi Party to accuse the BJP government of indulging in “blatant saffronisation.” “If the BJP really considers the saffron colour as sacrosanct, it should not indulge in politicisation of the colour and indulge in blatant saffronisation,” SP spokesman Sunil Singh Sajan said. All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesperson Yasoob Abbas took strong exception to the change in colour. “What is this? The BJP will paint it saffron, the SP will choose green and the BSP blue…This is politics of colour and should be avoided,” he said. When contacted, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mohsin Raza told PTI, “I fail to understand the problem of those having issues with the new colour. Is saffron an anti-national colour? Saffron is a colour which symbolises ujala (brightness) and urja (energy).”last_img