Stating that his government would fulfill its duty towards conservation of Taj Mahal, Adityanath announced that he would visit Agra on October 26 to review the development projects in and around the Taj Mahal.
Sangeet Som had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Muzaffarnagar as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 2009, and lost. He joined the BJP in December 2011.
Sangeet Som’s comments that the Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian culture is embedded in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s own world-view in which he believes that the monument to love is not a part of “Bhartiya sanskriti’
Sangeet Som, a two-time MLA from Sardhana, was earlier named in a case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, after he allegedly shared a video on Facebook showing two persons being beaten to death by a mob.
Asked about the BJP’s stand on Som’s comments on the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife, party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said the party does not have any view on specific monuments and its members can hold whatever opinion they have.
Interestingly, Sangeet Som’s comments come after the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.
On Monday, Som flared up a controversy by saying that the heritage monument was built by traitors and was a blot on Indian culture. However, the BJP distanced itself from Som’s comment calling it his personal opinion.
Days after the Uttar Pradesh government dropped the Taj Mahal from the state tourism department’s booklet, BJP MLA Sangeet Som justified the move, saying ‘the builder of the monument had worked to eliminate Hindus from Uttar Pradesh and India.’
Responding to the comments, Owaisi, the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, tweeted, “”Traitors” also build Red Fort will Modi stop hoisting Tiranga? Can Modi and Yogi tell domestic and foreign tourist not to visit Taj Mahal?”
Sangeet Som, the MLA who was accused of posting a video on Facebook which triggered communal violence in Muzaffarnagar that claimed 62 lives, has landed into controversies for making inflammatory speeches in the past.
He was accused of inciting communal violence by sharing a controversial video on Facebook which led to death of 62 people.
BJP candidate Sandeep Som is contesting election from Meerut’s Sardhana seat.
Sangeet Som and two other screened a documentary containing parts of his speech related to the Dadri lynching case and his arrest during the Muzaffarnagar riots.
No action to be taken against BJP MLA Sangeet Som and other for their inflammatory speeches and Youtube videos.
The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in August and September of 2013 had claimed 60 lives