Uttar Pradesh govt paints the town saffron: Buses to school bags, booklets to furniture

Earlier, the Basic Education Department replaced school bags carrying former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photograph with saffron-coloured bags, to be distributed to government primary schools.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: October 12, 2017 7:29 am
 Uttar Pradesh buses, Yogi Adityanath, UP Saffron, Samajwadi Party, BJP, BSP, BSP blue buses, Samazwadi party red-and-green buses, UP buses saffron, India news, Indian Express Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off 50 saffron-coloured buses of the State Road Transport Corporation, in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Express Photo/Vishal Srivastav)

After the BSP’s blue and the SP’s red-and-green, it is time for another colour change in Uttar Pradesh — to saffron. It started with a saffron towel being put on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s chair at his official residence and his car seat, then moved on to government booklets, school bags and even buses.

On Wednesday, Adityanath flagged off 50 saffron-coloured buses of the State Road Transport Corporation, named ‘Sankalp Seva’, to provide service in rural areas. The stage was decorated with saffron-coloured curtains, and the buses with saffron-coloured balloons. Sources in the transport department said the buses were painted saffron at the Kanpur workshop, and more such buses would join the fleet.

Earlier, the Basic Education Department replaced school bags carrying former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photograph with saffron-coloured bags, to be distributed to government primary schools.

On August 29, Adityanath handed out ‘Laxman and Rani Laxmi Bai’ awards to sportspersons in the state. The certificates had a saffron background, and the booklet with details of the awardees was also saffron in colour.

Similarly, the certificates issued to beneficiaries of the government’s flagship ‘Crop Loan Redemption Scheme’ had a light saffron background.

In June, Adityanath released a booklet to mark 100 days of his government. Another booklet was released on completion of six months. Both the booklets were saffron in colour.

The cover of the information department’s diary published this year, containing the contact details of all government ministers and offices, also has a saffron background, with photographs of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath. The diary used to be red in colour during the SP government, and blue when Mayawati was chief minister.

The Secretariat Administration department has also replaced the blue straps of identity cards with saffron.

Asked about the colour change, Cabinet Minister and government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said: “We like all the colours, but saffron is our favourite because it represents tyaag, balidaan aur shaurya (sacrifice and bravery). The national flag also has saffron. Saffron is our personal choice and nobody should have any objection to it.”

He, however, said the government had not taken any conscious decision to switch to saffron. “If there is saffron colour in all these things, it is merely a coincidence. This government is for all, and people from all sections benefit from our schemes. Discrimination was done by past governments only,” he said.

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  1. Lathor Honey Singh
    Oct 13, 2017 at 2:09 am
    Can’t tolerate such acts of forcing religion on something. This is utter nonsensical of that jumla party. Shameful
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    1. Lathor Honey Singh
      Oct 13, 2017 at 2:06 am
      Thank God I’m not in UP. I would have suffocate by now.
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        Mahesh
        Oct 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm
        Indian express you have become one of the most stupid newspaper. Did you raise issue when Mamta painted the town azure or communist red or Muslims green? Why crib now When you failed to raise voice then. You have lost that right now. I have been reading express since 1977. Quality has gone down beyond redemption. You never raise issues concerning nation but simply licking Muslim parties. GST, demonetisation, defence preparedness, Swachh Bharat, solar energy, Benami property act, surgical strikes, Doklam stand, modernisation of Railways, bullet trains, ....list is endless... Modi did it. Instead of being proud as a nation, you are behaving like a rogue. It would be good if you shut the shop.
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        1. Prakash Shankaran Sharma
          Oct 15, 2017 at 3:51 am
          so if they paint in green, u will paint in saffron next,.. is tht ur solution ??? two wrongs don't make a right . Modi has himself said ..appea t to none. includes the majority hindu community as well...
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          Pradeep pal
          Oct 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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            Piyush Kumar
            Oct 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm
            If they have published RaGa’s pics on bags then the paper might not have created any news. Entire Private buses run by son Mrs. Shiela Dixit in Delhi are of Saffron color then why is no news created. News reporting like this creates a question mark on the credibility and neutrality of the publisher. The stress is given more on saffron color rather than the new buses provided. It hardly matters if they are painted saffron or green or blue, in the end they are for benefit of public. This is a deliberate and biased news reporting. If you have problem with government then say it straight. Why creating hatred and chaos in public’s mind.
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