Controversial Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sangeet Som has once again stirred up the hornet’s nest by terming Taj Mahal a “blot” on India and the Mughals who built it as “traitors”.
Speaking at a public rally in Meerut, the MLA from Uttar Pradesh said: “Traitors built the Taj Mahal. It is a blot on India and should not get space in history.”
“These people (Mughals) killed and oppressed Hindus. The BJP will rectify history,” he added.
Reacting to the statement, President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ask foreign tourists to not visit the 17th century iconic edifice.
“Can MODI (Narendra Modi) & YOGI (Yogi Adityanath) tell domestic & foreign tourist not to visit TAJ MAHAL?,” asked Owaisi.
“Traitors also build Red Fort will MODI stop hoisting Tiranga? Even Hyderabad House in delhi was built by “Traitor” will MODI stop hosting Foreign Dignitaries??,” he said stressing on the fact that those buildings too were built by Mughal rulers.
Som’s statement comes in the wake of Taj Mahal not being included in an Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department booklet listing tourist attractions in the state.
Even CM Yogi has said the Taj, built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan, does not represent Indian culture and heritage.