BJP MLA Sangeet Som has raked up a controversy with his remarks on Taj Mahal. Speaking in Meerut on Sunday, the BJP MLA distorted historical facts, saying Taj Mahal was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus. The fact is that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal and he was imprisoned until the end of his life by his son Aurangzeb.
According to PTI, Som also termed Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar, and Aurangzeb as “traitors” and said their names would be removed from the pages of history. Som’s comments came days after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet.
“Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history?…Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?, PTI quoted the controversial BJP MLA as saying.
BJP’s Sangeet Som says,’Many were sad when Taj Mahal was removed from historical places.What history? Its creator wanted to wipe out Hindus’ pic.twitter.com/5OcpJwC4d7
— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2017
Som has been in news in past for hate speeches. An official statement has not come from the Yogi Adityanath government on Som’s remarks. However, BJP leader and a minister in the Adityanath government, Rita Bahuguna Joshi told News18.com that Som’s comment may be his individual opinion, but Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and she believed the Taj is “a part of our cultural heritage.” She didn’t agree with Som’s remarks and asserted that Taj Mahal is India’s “proud heritage”.
Joshi also said that Taj is not just the “heritage” but also major tourist spot and the UP government is committed to the “upliftment” of Agra and the Taj.
Som’s remarks on the Taj had come at a gathering in village Sisoli village, where he inaugurated a statue of 8th-century king Anangpal Singh Tomar.