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Lucknow’s Haj House painted saffron, UP minister found nothing objectionable

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(G.N.S) Dt. 05
New Delhi
The exterior of Lucknow’s Haj House has been painted saffron by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
The Haj House is where the Haj pilgrimage actually begins; it is also the place staffed with officials who inspect and facilitate documents for travel to Mecca.
The colour saffron is most often associated with Hinduism, and especially with the the Sangh Parivar of which the BJP is a part. A section of Muslims and some opposition parties have objected to the Haj House exterior being painted saffron.
But one Muslim UP minister found nothing objectionable about this saffronisation.
“There is no need for controversy in such things, saffron is an energetic and bright looking colour, the building looks beautiful,” said Mohsin Raza,a minister in the Adityanath government in UP.
“Opposition has no big issues against us so they raise inconsequential things,” alleged Raza.
The Haj House facilitates remote check-in, pre-immigration and pre-customs checks for pilgrims. It also has a prayer hall and a separate residential block to accommodate about 200 pilgrims.

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