Former Uttar Pradesh minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who is known for his controversial statements, has once again landed himself in hot water with a shocking remark over Taj Mahal.
Former Uttar Pradesh minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who is known for his controversial statements, has once again landed himself in hot water with a shocking remark over Taj Mahal. Taking a jibe at the Yogi Adityanath government, Khan said that if the UP government decides to demolish the iconic monument, he will provide support. “Ek zamane mein baat chali thi Taj Mahal ko giraana chahiye; Yogi ji is tarah ka nirnaye lenge to humara sehyog rahega,” Khan was quoted saying by ANI.
He further added that historic buildings like Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar are the examples of slavery. “Taj Mahal, Qutb Minar,Lal Qila, Parliament ghulaami ki nishaani hai. Ye achhi pehel hai,” he said on Taj Mahal missing from UP tourism booklet. The Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a 32-page booklet titled ‘Uttar Pradesh Paryatan – Apaar Sambhavnaayein’ that featured most of the cultural and heritage sites in the state. However, it sparked some controversy as Taj Mahal was missing from that book.
Reacting to the criticism, Uttar Pradesh tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi had said that the monument was “our cultural heritage”. “Taj Mahal is our cultural heritage and occupies a place among the world’s famous tourist places,” the 68-year-old minister was quoted saying by PTI.
In an official statement issued by the UP government, Joshi added, “Holistic development of the cultural heritage and that of infrastructural facilities is the priority of the state government.” She also confirmed that the UP government is working to launch metro rail in Agra and efforts are being made to develop the city under the Smart City Mission. Joshi said the state government is exploring options of tapping the enormous tourism potential and develop the tourist spots in a world-class manner.