Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath rebuffs BJP MLA Sangeet Som over Taj Mahal, says it was built by blood and sweat of Indians

Earlier last month, the state government has omitted reference to the Taj Mahal in a booklet published on completion of six months of the Yogi Adityanath government.

Published: 17th October 2017 02:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2017 06:28 PM   |  A+A-

Taj Mahal (File | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: In a strong rebuff to all those BJP leaders who have been censuring the Taj Mahal, especially, party MLA Sangeet Som, who triggered a raging row on Monday by calling the monument 'a blot on Indian culture' and 'symbol of slavery', UP CM Yogi Adityanath sought to put a lid on the controversy by saying that Taj Mahal was Indian in every way as it was built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers.
 
"Let's not go into the details of who built the Taj Mahal and for what purpose. It was built by the sons of our soil who put in their sweat and blood to give shape the world famous monument," Adityanth asserted when confronted over his party leaders' invective against the monument.
 
Revealing his plans to visit Agra on October 26 during which he would go to the Taj and other monuments apart from reviewing Rs 370-crore tourism projects meant for the Taj City, the CM maintained that the historical monument should be appreciated for its extraordinary architectural beauty owing to which it attracts lakhs of foreign tourists every year. 
 
"Taj Mahal is a world-class monument. It is the most sought after tourist destination of the country. It is part of our cultural heritage beyond doubt," said the CM adding that its upkeep was the responsibility of UP government.
 
"It is the duty of my government to ensure quality services and facilities to those who visit the Taj every year in lakhs," stated the CM.
 
Som had triggered a raging controversy by claiming that the monument of love was built by the traitors like Babar, Akbar and Aurangzeb. "It was built by Shah Jahan who tried to wipe out Hindus," he had claimed at an event in Sisoli village in Meerut district.    
 
In fact, Som had fired the salvo in response to opposition's criticism of the BJP government which had failed to mention the Taj in the tourism brochure released on completion of six months in office.
 
However, Som's comments drew huge trolling on social media. Several opposition politicians slammed the Sardhana MLA for his remarks. 



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