Yogi Does Damage Control, Says Taj Mahal Is Very Important For Us

| October 17 , 2017 , 13:44 IST

The statements of BJP MLA Sangeet Som, calling the famous Taj Mahal of Agra a 'blot on Indian culture' triggered controversy as the public rose up in support of the Taj Mahal, slamming Som.

In the wake of allegations that the UP government is hind-sighting the Taj Mahal, after it was conspicuously missing from the UP Tourism booklet, and then was denounced by a BJP MLA, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reiterated the importance of the ancient mausoleum.

"It does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers, said CM Yogi on Tuesday.

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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," Yogi added.

Yogi has also planned to visit the Taj Mahal on October 26, in what will be his first visit since becoming CM to the mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.

Som's comments had come soon after the public expressed disapproval over the exclusion of Taj Mahal from the UP tourism booklet released on the completion of Yogi's 6 months as Chief Minister.

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"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 (Shahjahan) 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," Som had said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that the party does not have any view on specific monuments and that its members can keep whatever opinion they want.

"But as far as the Muslim, Mughal rule in this country is concerned, that period can only be described as exploitative, barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance which harmed Indian civilisation and traditions immensely," he said.