Move over the ‘gamchhas’, caps are the new style statement of UP politicians

Lucknow, June 12 (IANS): ‘Gamchhas’ are outdated and caps are the new accessory of politicians in Uttar Pradesh.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi donned a saffron cap during a road show in Gujarat in March, all BJP leaders were seen wearing similar caps during the party’s Founding Day celebrations in April.

Uttar Pradesh, which has just come out of assembly elections, quickly caught on to the trend.

BJP MPs have recently been seen sporting saffron caps instead of the usual saffron ‘gamchhas’.

According to party sources, the stylishly designed cap was vetted several times before being approved. The fashionable cap is adorned with fine embroidery and a plastic “Lotus” pinned to it, marking the party’s election symbol.

Sources said the party has asked all its parliamentarians and senior leaders to wear the hat in public. Saffron-colored headgear is set to become the identity of BJP workers in the coming days.

The caps became a talking point in the recent Assembly elections when BJP leaders targeted the red caps worn by Samajwadi party leaders and said at election meetings that “red signifies danger”.

The reaction of the SP was marked by a feeling of revenge and its leaders, in particular Akhilesh Yadav, began to wear the red cap at every event.

Seeing the rise of saffron and red in political office, other party leaders also began to wear their party colors on their heads.

Congress leaders now wear white caps in the Assembly and in public office, while Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) MPs can be seen sporting yellow caps.

BSP leaders have their dark blue caps while Apna Dal leaders wear blue and red caps. Rashtriya Lok Dal MPs sport their green caps.

With caps becoming a political fashion statement, young entrepreneurs are spotting trendy business opportunities.

Richa Dutta, 28, is setting up a cap manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Lucknow. She plans to make caps with a sturdy material and with party logos embroidered on them.

“Most of the caps worn by politicians tend to fall in sweltering weather conditions. We will be making caps using good materials that go beyond use and throw away types. I am confident that in the next few months, you will find most politicians wearing our caps. We are already negotiating with different parties and will set up booths near party offices,” she said.

Richa has partnered with a women’s self-help group to craft the caps she will design.

She obviously intends to style them all – literally.

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