Lucknow Haj House painted saffron from green and white

Lucknow Haj House painted saffron from green and white

The colour saffron is most often associated with Hinduism, and especially with the the Sangh Parivar of which the BJP is a part.

The Haj House facilitates remote check-in, pre-immigration and pre-customs checks for pilgrims.

The state Haj House in Lucknow which is used as a transit place by Muslims on their way to pilgrimage in Mecca has been painted saffron by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

But one Muslim UP minister found nothing objectionable about this saffronisation, according to Times of India. "There is no need for controversy in such things, saffron is an energetic and bright looking color, the building looks handsome".

"To ensure the security of the 22 crore people of Uttar Pradesh, we have doubled the compensation given to the kin of the jawans who lose their lives on-duty", Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, while addressing a public gathering in Meerut. Secretary of the committee, RP Singh said that idea was to paint the building in accordance with other government buildings like Bapu Bhawan, Vidhan Bhawan and Lok Bhawan which are in the close vicinity. They have painted in the BJP's color on the secretariat annex building that covers the offices of chief minister Adityanath and top bureaucrats.

The painting of the Haj House into saffron comes two days after the Yogi government ordered the madrassas in his state to reduce the number of holidays on Muslim festivals, and remain closed on Hindu festivals too. The department of energy also chose to paint electric pole saffron.

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