BJP Effect? UP Buses Undergo Makeover, Turn Saffron!

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| August 29 , 2017 , 16:28 IST

In the past years, every time a new government came to power in Uttar Pradesh, a fresh coat of paint was ordered for the state transport buses, generally reflecting its party colours, for example blue and white for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and red and green for the Samajwadi Party (SP).

The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in UP led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also called for a change of colours of state buses, but this time not into the BJP party colours, but into saffron, a colour often associated with Hindutva ideology.

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While BSP had launched the Sarvjan Hitay Sarvjan Sukhay bus service with its trademark colours while it was in power, the Samajwadi Party launched the Lohia Gramin Bus Seva in shades of red and green, BJP is planning to launch 'Antyoday’ bus scheme painted in saffron colours.

A fleet of 50 new buses painted in saffron will be under the Antyoday bus scheme which is to be launched to commemorate the centenary birth year of Deen Dayal Upadhayay on September 25. The cost of each bus has come out to approximately Rs 24 lakhs and the buses will be complying with the Euro 4 emission norms.

‘Antyodaya’ means the ‘rise of the last person’ and was one of the concepts emphasized by Deen Dayal Upadhyay, one of the founding members of the RSS. The Antyodaya buses will run on subsidised rates although the final fares are yet to be fixed.

Samajwadi Party MLC Sunil Singh Yadav ‘Sajan’ slammed the saffronisation of the buses, calling it a misuse of the sacred ‘bhagwa’ colour for political gains.

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“Bhartiya Janta Party wants to hide its incompetence behind the bhagwa colour; they are playing with the faith of crores of people. They just want to paint the state in bhagwa so that people cannot see their failures,” said Sajan.

Regarding the green and red colour scheme of the Lohia Gramin Buses launched during the Samajwadi Party regime, Sajan said, “The colour scheme we adopted was to represent the Samajwadi colours, but BJP is trying to do something entirely different, if they really wanted to copy us they should have adopted orange and green going by their election symbol.”