Taj Mahal row: It’s a property of ASI, can’t be given to Waqf board, says BJP

"...it is the property of the ASI which was handed over by British Government in 1920 to it," said Bajpai.

By: Press Trust of India | Balrampur | Updated: December 8, 2014 10:07:03 pm
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Uttar Pradesh BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai on Monday said the Taj Mahal cannot be handed over to Waqf board as the monument belongs to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

“Shahjahan had purchased it. It cannot be handed over to Waqf board because it is the property of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which was handed over by British Government in 1920 to it,” he told mediapersons.

The state BJP chief was commenting over the statement of Uttar Pradesh Minister and senior SP leader Azam Khan who demanded to hand over the Taj Mahal to Waqf board.

On November 13, Khan had said that the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, should be declared a property of the state’s Waqf Board.

Bajpai told reporters on Sunday that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan “purchased a part of Tejo Mahalaya temple’s land from Raja Jai Singh” and claimed that documents to prove it still exist.

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