Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Breaks Silence Over Taj Mahal Controversy, Says Monument Was Built by Blood And Sweat of Indian Labourers
New Delhi, Oct 17: In an apparent damage control move after his party MLA stirred a massive controversy calling Taj Mahal a ‘blot’ on Indian history, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be visiting the world heritage site on October 25. Snubbing Sangeet Som over his contentious remark, Yogi Adityanath said that the monument 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,” Adityanath said. “It is very important for us, especially from tourism perspective it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there,” he added.
It will be Yogi Adityanath’s first visit to Taj Mahal since assuming charge as Uttar Pradesh CM in March.
Adityanath’s schedule for Taj visit was announced a day after Sangeet Som, BJP MLA from Sardhana, called the historic monument a ‘blot’ on Indian history and culture.
“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?” Som had said addressing a public gathering in Meerut.
Som’s contentious remark came days after the Yogi Adityanath government left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.
PM Modi Reacts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today too appeared to be disapproving of his party MLA’s controversial statement. Without naming the Taj Mahal, PM Modi said no country can progress it if ignores its history and culture. (Also Read: Taj Mahal Controversy: Will PM Modi Stop Hoisting Tricolour At Red Fort, Asks Asaduddin Owaisi)
“No matter how hard a country may try, it can not move forward if it ignores its history and heritage. The identity of countries which want to progress leaving behind its heritage will go nowhere,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
कोई भी देश विकास की कितनी ही चेष्टा करे, कितना ही प्रयत्न करे, लेकिन वो तब तक आगे नहीं बढ़ सकता, जब तक वो अपने इतिहास, अपनी विरासत पर गर्व करना नहीं जानता। अपनी विरासत को छोड़कर आगे बढ़ने वाले देशों की पहचान खत्म होनी तय होती है: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 17, 2017
Azam Khan Jumps Into Controversy
Responding to Sangeet Som’s controversy-inducing statement, senior Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan went a step ahead and demanded Rashtrapati Bhavan to be demolished as it was a sign of slavery.
“Ghulami ki nishaniyon ko mita dena chahiye tha jisme se kal ke shasakon ki boo aati ho. Maine to pehle hi kaha tha, Parliament kyu nahi, Qutab Minar kyu nahi, Rashtrapati Bhavan kyu nahi, Lal Quila kyu nahi, Agra ka Taj Mahal kyu nahi (I said earlier too…all such signs of slavery should be demolished…whether it Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan or Taj Mahal),” the controversial Samajwadi Party leader said.