Uttar Pradesh Installs Saffron Statue of Ambedkar, Opposition Slams Politics of Colour

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The statue of BR Ambedkar installed by the district administration of UP’s Badaun. — Media photo

Samajwadi Party MLA and spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan alleged that the government is busy saffronising everything, but it won’t help them.

LUCKNOW — The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday installed a statue of Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar in a Budaun village painted saffron, unlike the usual blue.

The statue of the architect of the Indian Constitution in Dugraiyya village, which was vandalised some time back, was replaced with this new one.

The new statue from Agra was unveiled in the presence of district police officers.

In the past, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan which houses the office of the Chief Minister was painted saffron and later even the Haj Committee office. Saffron is the colour representing the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who himself wears saffron robes, defends the colour fetish and finds nothing wrong with it.

“Saffron colour represents purity… can someone deny the existence of the sun which is also saffron… people questioning all these are narrow-minded,” he has said many times in the past.

The statue left many surprised as it was saffron rather than the usual blue. Surprisingly, BSP regional head Hemendra Gautam was also present on the occasion along with his supporters.

Accusing the BJP-led state government of playing politics, Samajwadi Party MLA and SP spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan alleged that the government is busy saffronising everything, but it won’t help them.

“The government is busy doing politics of colour. They are busy painting buildings, boundaries, parks and so on in saffron colour. Now they are getting exposed by changing the colour of Ambedkar statue to saffron. This is not going to help them; instead people will know their intentions better now,” he said. — Agencies

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