Taj Mahal Was Built by Traitors, Says BJP Leader Sangeet Som
New Delhi, October 16: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sangeet Som on Monday courted yet another controversy on the iconic monument Taj Mahal. Som said that the world famous monument was “built by traitors and cannot be part of Indian history”. He emphasised that Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian culture too. Som is an MLA from Sardhana in Uttar Pradesh.
Som was quoted by News 18 as saying, “Many people were disappointed that the Taj Mahal was removed from UP tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The creator of Taj Mahal imprisoned his father. He wanted to wipe out Hindus. If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history.”
Controversy over Taj Mahal
The controversy over Taj Mahal first erupted after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that it had no connection with India’s culture or heritage. He was commenting on gifting the models of Taj Mahal to foreign dignitaries by government officials. Addressing a rally in Bihar, he said, “Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which did not reflect Indian culture.”
The controversy escalated further when a booklet on prominent tourist spots, released by Uttar Pradesh government, missed the historic monument.
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
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However, the charges of any deliberate negligence were refuted by tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi. She said, “This conflict is completely unnecessary, and there should be an end put to it. The controversy arose probably because the photo (of Taj Mahal) is missing, otherwise Taj Mahal is mentioned in the booklet.”