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Gandhi statue painted Saffron in Uttar Pradesh, administration orders inquiry

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LUCKNOW: The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was allegedly painted Saffron in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. 

After the photograph went viral, it sparked off a contoversy.

But the local administration has dismissed the allegation and said that it was not Saffron but another shade of yellow.

The statue exists at the spot on the school premises at Dhaka Ghanshyam in Shahjahanpur district for decades. It was painted white for the last 20 years. 

In Uttar Pradesh, several statues and structures have been painted Saffron. Recently, a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar was painted Saffron, leading to outrage. 

Local Congress leaders raised the issue and informed their superiors in Lucknow. They alleged that it was a Saffronization attempt. A written complaint was also made to the district officials. 

The officials said that the statue was not painted Saffron and the paint was not recent. They claimed that it was a shade of yellow. However, the ADM has assured inquiry and a verification of claims of both the sides, before taking action. [Photo: Twitter]