Bags, buses, booklets and more.
The Uttar Pradesh government is gradually painting the state in the ruling party's colours with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath introducing saffron government booklets, school bags and even buses, reported the Indian Express.
On Wednesday, Adityanath flagged off 50 state buses painted saffron under the name of ‘Sankalp Seva’ to provide services in rural areas. Sources in the State Road Transport Corporation told the paper that the buses were painted at the Kanpur workshop, and more such buses would join the fleet.
Similarly, the school bags with former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photograph that were distributed under the Basic Education Department were recently replaced with saffron-coloured bags.
In addition, the background colour of certificates for‘Laxman and Rani Laxmi Bai’ award and ‘Crop Loan Redemption Scheme’ issued by the government were also changed to saffron.
This year, Adityanath had released two booklets, each to mark 100 days as well as six months since his government came to power, and both had a saffron hue. The information department's diary cover also has a saffron background.
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, bearing photographs of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath.
Previously, the diary containing the contact details of all government ministers and offices had a red background during the Samajwadi Party government, and blue when Mayawati was the chief minister, said the report.
Even the blue straps of identity cards in the Secretariat Administration department have been replaced with saffron.
On the change in colour for several items, 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.”
However, he said that it is merely a coincidence and 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,” Sharma said.