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UP govt blames contractor for saffron on Haj office wall

08 January 2018

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.

Singh said the wall is now repainted in cream.

Haj House in Lucknow, which was painted saffron by Yogi government, is being repainted. From electric poles to state buses, booklets and posters to towels, even chairs he sits on for meetings or conferences are reportedly saffron.

He also issued a press note on Saturday, which says that the contractor was negligent in "painting the wall in a bit darker shade than what was approved".

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The Uttar Pradesh government has issued a clarification stating that extra coating of the paint made the walls appear saffron, which is now being repainted in white. "An action is also being taken against the contractor", he said, in a statement.

The work was done by the UP estates department late on Thursday night and the Haj office staff was not immediately available for a reaction, Friday being a holiday.

Tanzeem Ulema-e-Hind State President Maulana Nadeemuljwadi had lodged strong protest warning the BJP government not to indulge in such acts which provoke religious sentiments of the community members.

The BJP is often associated with the saffron, which is regarded as the holiest colour in Hinduism.

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

"What is this? The BJP will paint it saffron, the SP will choose green and the BSP blue..." But as the saffron had a thick coating, the wall took a cream colour. "Saffron is a colour which symbolises ujala (brightness) and urja (energy)", he claims.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mohsin Raza told the media "I fail to understand the problem of those having issues with the new colour. After all, only the outer wall of the government office has been painted and not the building or any personal property of any individual", he said.

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UP govt blames contractor for saffron on Haj office wall