Will Support UP Govt If It Demolishes Taj Mahal: Azam Khan

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| October 4 , 2017 , 07:35 IST

The Taj Mahal of Agra, one of the 'Seven Wonders of the World' and an image synonymous with India at a global level was appeared to have been slighted by the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government when it was excluded from a UP tourism pamphlet, resulting in controversy.

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who is known for his controversial statements, said that if the Uttar Pradesh government decides to demolish the Taj Mahal he would support the initiative, adding that the issue had been raised some decades back.

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Defending his shocking statement, Khan said that monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and even the Parliament, are signs of slavery.

The UP Tourism had released a 32-page booklet 'Uttar Pradesh Paryatan – Apaar Sambhavnaayein' which included descriptions of cultural and heritage sites in UP, and had a cover featuring the Ganga aarti in Varanasi with UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Tourism Minister Rita Bahugana.

However, the most famous tourist destination of the state, the Taj Mahal was conspicuously missing. The perceived slight to the beloved Taj Mahal was not taken kindly by the public and within hours people displayed their protests on social media.

Defending against allegations that the state was not taking due care of the legendary Taj Mahal, Bahuguna said, "Taj Mahal is a world heritage and a major tourist attraction. We had allotted 156 crore for betterment of facilities around it."