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In U. P. CM’s secretariat gets a saffron hue

Saffron started making its presence felt after Adityanath became the CM first the furniture in his official residence and office got a saffron hue, then, the hoardings displaying state government schemes in Yogi’s pet colour.

While the exteriors of the building are being painted saffron, the decorative designs on the white boundary wall will get a saffron finish too.

When Mayawati came to power in 2007, she got the main Vidhan Bhawan (not the annexe) painted white. Until then the historical building had sported its natural stone exteriors.

Saffron started making its presence felt soon after Adityanath took over the reins of the state on March 19 this year.

First the furniture in his official residence and office got a saffron towel cover. Then came the hoardings displaying state government schemes and achievements in Yogi’s pet colour.

On October 11, Adityanath, who is always dressed in saffron robes, flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-painted buses called Sankalp Sewa Service. The transport department now plans to launch more such buses to cover about 40,000 villages in the next four years.

Incidentally, soon after Mamata Banerjee assumed power in West Bengal in May 2011, she launched a drive to paint government buildings, hospitals, police stations, bridges, park railings and pavements in blue and white. Despite criticism from political opponents and civil society, she went ahead with her plans. Defending her move in 2015, she said, “I got the idea of decorating Kolkata blue and white after I visited the pink city of Jaipur.”

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