Taj Mahal row: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth on Tuesday tried to put an end to the controversy over the Taj Mahal, which broke out after hate speech-accused BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Sangeet Som, called the monument a “blot” on Indian history.
Speaking in Meerut on Sunday, Som had triggered a controversy, saying Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar, and Aurangzeb were “traitors” and their names should be removed from the pages of history.
“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.
On Tuesday, however, Adityanath said Taj Mahal was “built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers.” “It does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers,” ANI quoted the Uttar Pradesh CM as saying.
Adityanath underlined that the Taj Mahal is an important monument of India, especially from the tourism perspective, and it is his government’s priority to “provide facilities and safety to tourists.”
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“It is very important for us, especially from tourism perspective it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there,” the CM said.
Adityanath is likely to visit Agra on October 25, where he will also visit the Taj Mahal and other monuments of the city.
On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan too reacted to remarks on the Taj made by Sangeet Som. Khan said that all structures that remind of past rulers should be removed.
“Why just Taj Mahal? why not Rashtrapati Bhawan? why not Qutub Minar? why not Delhi’s Red Fort? why not Agra Fort?…they are all signs of slavery. They should be removed if they were built by those, whom the RSS people call as ‘traitors’. Let’s appeal to the emperor (Modi). I have already told the small emperor (UP CM Yogi Adityanath), let’s go together…(and demolish these structures). I think it is political impotency to take a step back after saying something,” the SP leader told Times Now.
“People, who see these (monuments) as signs of slavery, are ruling all over the country. If they can’t dare (to demolish these signs of slavery) then it is their political impotency,” Khan added.