Lucknow: Boundary wall of the Haj samiti office in Lucknow got back its original colour on Saturday, within 24 hours after the saffron colour on the structure evoked criticism.
The BJP-led state government blamed the contractor for the incident and said that strict action will be taken against him.
"Secretary of the UP Haj Committee R P Singh has taken immediate cognisance of the matter, and issued directives for its rectification," a statement issued by the government said.
The opposition parties had on Friday accused the BJP government in the state of playing "politics of color" after the boundary wall of the state Haj Committee office was found itself painted in saffron color.
“Yogi government is playing politics of colours to hide its failures. Saffron is the colour of faith for us, but can it give food to the hungry? Or medicine to the ill?" Samajwadi Party MLC and Spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan asked.
"People have not elected this government to change the colours of the buildings. It appears that the government is working on a specific agenda against Muslims. First madaris, then triple talaq and now the office of the Hajj Committee", Sufian Nizami, a cleric, said.
Saffron is said to be favorite color of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Yogi, who himself is always seen draped in saffron color, had recently ordered to paint the state secretariat in saffron color.
The UP State Hajj Committee office reportedly got the new paint overnight as the work was carried out at midnight.
After saffron makeover the overall look of the newly painted boundary wall was giving a glimpse of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) flag as the main gate of the office was already painted in green.
As a practice, the Haj committee building always got painted in white. Singh maintained that the other part of the building will continue to retain its white color.
Mohsin Raza, the only Muslim minister in the state, however did not find any fault. "Saffron is a vibrant color and there is absolutely no problem if the State Haj Committee is painted in such a color. In fact it has made the building look more beautiful", he said.