Haj houses act as transit and facilitation point for pilgrims going to Mecca from Uttar Pradesh.
The exterior walls of Haj House in Lucknow seemed to take a controversy. The UP government painted the outer walls of Haj House by the colour Saffron. The gate of the premises is still green in colour and the building itself remains white. The Haj House is the office of Uttar Pradesh Haj Committee, where Haj pilgrims from the state get their documents verified and start their journey.
The Samajwadi Party has described it as ‘politics of colour’ while the state government responded by calling saffron an ‘energetic and bright’ colour.
The spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan told, “the government is doing politics of colours and trying to hide its failures.” Whereas on the other side, Mohsin Raza, UP Minister has defended, “there is no need for controversy in such things, saffron is an energetic and bright looking colour, the building looks beautiful. The opposition has no big issues against us so they raise inconsequential things.”
The officials said that the action will be taken against the previous contractor
The move has been objected by Opposition parties and Muslims, who have accused the government of deliberately hurting religious sentiments. Last year in October, Uttar Pradesh chief secretariat annexe building known as Annexe and Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan were painted saffron. Estate department Officer Yogesh Kumar Shukla had said that it was not mandatory to use saffron particularly and should not be taken with the negative approach.
By – Diksha Tarnekar