In a U-turn, Haj committee office repainted to dilute saffron

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday applied a white coating on the green-and-white state Haj committee boundary wall that the administration had painted saffron hours earlier, but the end result appeared cream.

The repainted wall of the Haj office on Saturday.

Haj House in Lucknow, which was painted saffron by Yogi government, is being repainted.

In September previous year, the state government painted its secretariat annexe building (Shastri Bhawan) in shades of saffron and then launched a rural bus service with saffron coloured buses.

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"Further painting of the boundary wall has been stopped, and instructions have been issued to officials that painting and maintenance of the boundary wall should be done as per directives", he said. However, Minority Affairs and Haj minister Mohsin Raza was even candid in saying that the saffron depicted "energy" and that there was no harm in colouring the wall in saffron as it would save it from getting stained as well. "An action is also being taken against the contractor", he said, in a statement. Painting of the wall is reported to have been carried out on Thursday night by the UP estates department and the Haj office employees were not immediately available for a reaction, Friday being a holiday, media reports said.

"The BJP is a party known for changing colours".

Yogi Adityanath being an ardent follower of Hinduism has covered his body with saffron surroundings, the colour was also used in many places of the state after Yogi Adityanath took charge as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. "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. "This is politics of colour and should be avoided". "There is no need for controversy in such things, saffron is an energetic and bright looking colour".

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

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