Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s had recently visited Bihar and addressed a gathering in Darbhanga. However, his speech was widely criticised by the ruling parties of the state – Janata Dal United (JDU) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Yogi Adityanath during his speech said that gifting replicas of the Taj Mahal or any other minaret to the visiting leaders of other states was not in consonance with the Indian culture. Slamming the UP CM’s remark, RJD said that Yogi Adityanath has a poor sense of history whereas the RJD said that his statement was a strike on the multi-religious character of the country.
While speaking at the event, Yogi Adityanath had highlighted the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government. He said that he had observed the changes in the country from close quarters. He said, “Earlier, when the head of state would go abroad, he would take something as gift that would represent Indian culture. Similarly, when heads of states from other countries would visit India, they would be given a replica of Taj Mahal or any other minaret that was not in consonance with Indian culture,” The Indian Express quoted the UP CM saying.
“For the first time, we have seen that when India’s PM Narendra Modi goes abroad and a head of state or government comes to India, he is given the Gita or Ramayana. Remember, when someone is gifted Ramayana, it links the history of Mithila and Bihar with that country).” he added.
Responding to which, RJD spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said that Yogi Adityanath’s remark reflects his understanding of India. He said, “Adityanath’s remarks at Darbhanga reflect what is fundamentally flawed in their understanding of India. A poor and regressive reading of history can only make you speak of Taj Mahal as alien. I do not even wish to comment on his ability to appreciate the nuances involved in evolution of art and architecture…Adityanath has a poor sense of history.”
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Even the JD(U) national spokesperson KC Tyagi told The Indian Express, “I would say Taj Mahal is as beautiful as Benares or Amritsar. Yogi Adityanath has been attempting communal polarisation with such frivolous and provocative statements, but he will never succeed. We are a multi-religious country.”
However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defended Adityanath’s remarks slammed RJD and JD (U) for seeing politics in everything. Responding to the allegations made against the BJP leader, former leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said, “What Adityanath meant is that anything that is 400-500 years old cannot represent Indian culture in the manner Gita or Ramayana can. It was a plain statement. Is talking of Ramayana communal?”