Shahajahanpur: He statues of Dr B R Ambedkar saffron, now Mahatma Gandhi's idol has been painted saffron in the district.
The idol was installed in the primary school compound in village Dhaka Ghanshyampur in Banda tehsil of Sahajahanpur district almost 20 years back. Initially It was white in colour but on Thursday it was painted in saffron hue.
"There were talks about giving a fresh coat but no one thought even in their dream that it will painted in saffron colour," Manish Gupta, a former gram pradhan of the village said on Friday.
Incidentally, the statue has been given a new paint but the pedestal is spared.
"This clearly shows the intention of the people who did it. This was done with a design to create disharmony in the society. They gave new coat of colour to the statue but the pedestal is still in off-white colour," Mr Gupta said.
Congress district president Kaushal Mishra said that local BJP leaders and workers are behind this. In Yogi Raj every government building is being painted in saffron colour. The ruling party workers have not even spared Father of Nation and had painted his statue in saffron colour. This is disgraceful", he said and asked: "Have you ever seen Mahatma's statue in saffron colour."
The Congress has lodged a complaint with the administration.
The District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi has ordered a probe. The SDM Puwayana Satyapriya Singh has been asked to carry out a thorough probe and submit the report to the district administration. Till then the administration has decided not to change the colour.
The Pradhan of the village Gayatri Jaiswal however claims that the said statue was given a saffron hue in 2015.
The principal of the school had painted Mahatama Gandhi's statue in saffron colour in 2015. May be someone has given a new coat of saffron to the statue because Independence Day is round the cornor, she said.
This is not the first time when the statues of leaders were given saffron hue. Budaun district was recently in news when Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's statue was painted in saffron and after media highlighted this, the district administration painted it back in blue. The Ambedkar's statue are always in blue in colour – considered the colour of Bahujan Samaj – which was later adopted by the Bahujan Samaj Party. UNI