Taj Mahal built by traitors, is blot on Indian culture: BJP lawmaker

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First Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the famed monument does not reflect Indian culture. "It is immaterial as to who and how the Taj Mahal was built". It was built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers ...

The statement came after Uttar Pradesh BJP legislator Sangeet Som sparked national outrage by calling the Mughal-built Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture.

Speaking to ANI, Adityanath said, "The Taj Mahal is very important for us, especially from tourism perspective it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there".

"The CM will visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort on October 26 to review tourism schemes in Agra".

Yogi Adityanath was accused by critics of neglecting the Mughal-built monument purposely, a view that was reinforced and loudly repeated when a UP tourism booklet listing popular spots in the state left out the Taj Mahal - a stunning omission, given that the monument draws millions of tourists from India and overseas.

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The BJP too appeared to disown Som's remarks and called his comments on the Unesco World Heritage Site, his "individual view".

After Taj Mahal was excluded from a tourism book of Uttar Pradesh, row has started between politicians over the historical significance of the mausoleum, with some cherishing its glory while others irked by its fame., according to Indian media. Many accused the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government of deliberately neglecting the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

"Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? What type of history?" he had asked during a public meeting in Meerut on Monday. Why only the Taj Mahal?

Responding to the comments, Owaisi, the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, tweeted, "Traitors" also build Red Fort will Modi stop hoisting Tiranga? These are all symbols of slavery", Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan had said on Monday.

The BJP stepped into the controversy with party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao describing the Muslim rule in India as "barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance" while asserting that its members could hold any opinion they wanted on specific monuments.

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