Now, UP Haj House painted saffron

Now, UP Haj House painted saffron

After the secretariat, transport corporation buses, school buildings and even textbooks, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has now turned the walls of the state Haj House saffron.

Sources said the painting work had been going on for the past few days.

People noticed the change in colour only when the outer walls, situated close to the legislature and the secretariat, was also painted saffron.

While the BJP leaders found nothing wrong with the change of colour, the Muslim clergy reacted sharply and termed it an "interference" in their religious matters.

A senior Sunni cleric said, "There was no need to paint the Haj House saffron...the colour is identified with a particular religion."

The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress, too, criticised the move.

"Saffron colour cannot ensure progress of the state," said SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary.

Waqf Minister Mohsin Raza said, "Saffron colour is a source of energy...religion cannot be determined by colour."

The move comes within days after the Uttar Pradesh government decided to have saffron cover pages for textbooks for classes up to class VIII from the next academic year.

School bag for primary school students has already been made saffron.

Adityanath, who is always clad in saffron clothes, had recently got the secretariat building painted saffron.

Since taking charge, he has been trying to give government schemes and projects a saffron tint.

The BSP government under Mayawati had dyed government buildings and transport buses blue - the party colour.

Even the state information department diary was printed in blue.

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