Uttar Pradesh government has removed Haj Committee Secretary RP Singh over the issue of re-painting UP State Haj Samiti Office for one more time, after it was painted in saffron colour. In a controversial development, the exterior walls of the government-run Hajj House were first painted in saffron colour and were later re-painted in another colour. Taking note of the development, Adityanath government sought a clarification from the Uttar Pradesh Haj Committee. UP’s minister of state for Muslim Waqf and Haj, Mohsin Raza, had directed his department’s principal secretary to get a clarification from the secretary of UP Haj Committee. The minister told media that the boundary wall of the Haj Committee was given a saffron coat as per the directives of the secretary. “A day later, the colour of the boundary wall was changed. Under which circumstances this was done is not clear,” Raza had earlier said.
The minister told news agency PTI that a number of media queries came following the change of colour from saffron to another shade. “Hence a seven-point notice seeking clarification from the secretary Haj Committee of UP has been issued,” he said.
The minister also asked the Hajj House admin as to who is responsible for the second coat of paint, and who will bear the cost for the second coat of paint. The minister also sought to know as to why did the secretary Haj Committee of UP issue a press release (and on whose orders). “Whether any written orders were issued to the contractor? According to the press release, action was to be initiated against the contractor. Hence, what action has been initiated against the contractor,” Raza asked in the notice.
Last week, news agency ANI had tweeted two pictures of the Hajj house buildings where the exterior walls were seen painted in saffron colour. However, Raza had defended the painting of walls. The minister had said that saffron is an energetic colour and that the building looks beautiful in it. “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,” said Mohsin Raza.