Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday flagged-off 50 saffron buses which will connect the interior areas of the villages of the fallen soldiers. The Uttar Pradesh government decided to paint the buses saffron before the flag-off, which is also the colour of UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s clothes, the towel which was used to cover his chair and the colour of his political ideology. This is not something new in Uttar Pradesh, earlier Bahujan Samaj Party tried to paint the state blue and Samajwadi Party, red-and-green.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to build ‘gaurav paths’ and link the villages of fallen soldiers. To provide better connectivity the buses will start functioning in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bareilly and Moradabad and other countryside region. The name of the bus service is Sankalp and it will be run by the UP State Road Corporation. This project aims at giving public transport services to 40,000 villagers in next four years.

The Sankalp scheme will charge normal fare unlike the Lohiya rural bus service that gives a 25% discount. The Samajwadi Party government that ruled the state before the BJP came to power this year launched the subsidised service to connect villages to district headquarters.

Around 1,500 buses under this scheme cater to around 16,000 villages now.

We aim to connect 9,563 villages to Sankalp every year, covering all the villages within next four years,” Transport minister Svatantra Dev Singh said.

On August 29, Adityanath handed out ‘Laxman and Rani Laxmi Bai’ awards to sportspersons in the state. The certificates had a saffron background, and the booklet with details of the awardees was also saffron in colour. Also, the Basic Education Department replaced school bags carrying former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photograph with saffron-coloured bags, to be distributed to government primary schools.