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After usurping Waqf property, Azam Khan now eyeing Taj Mahal, says UP BJP chief

Bajpai said that "Shah Jahan purchased a part of Tejo Mahalaya temple's land from Raja Jai Singh".

By: Press Trust of India | Bahraich | Updated: December 8, 2014 6:57 pm
Visitors are seen enjoying the cloudy weather at the Taj Mahal in Agra on Thursday. (Source: PTI) Visitors are seen enjoying the cloudy weather at the Taj Mahal in Agra on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

After Azam Khan’s demand of handing over the Taj Mahal to UP Waqf Board, the state’s BJP chief Laxmi Kant Bajpai on Sunday sought to drag the famed mausoleum into another row by claiming that it was a part of an ancient temple.

Bajpai told reporters in Bahraich 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.


He also alleged that “Azam Khan has usurped property of Waqf and was now eyeing the world heritage Taj Mahal.” “Azam’s dream to offer namaz five times at Taj will never be fulfilled,” he said.

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.

Khan, during a convention of ‘mutawallis’ (caretakers) asked chairman of State Sunni Central Waqf Board to make Taj Mahal a property of the board and appoint him as ‘mutwalli’.

Though, later, when reporters asked Azam about his controversial statement, he said,”why you take things said in a lighter vein so seriously.”

However, spokesman of All India Shia Personal Law Board, Maulana Yasoob Abbas, said, “As far as Mumtaz Mahal is concerned, she was a Shia, but Taj Mahal is heritage of the country and it should not be handed over to Sunni or Shia boards.”

“Shia and Sunni boards are unable to maintain their mosques and madrasas then how will they handle Taj Mahal.

If the issue of handing Taj Mahal to the waqf board is raised then Shia and Sunni will come face to face, therefore it should be kept away from the tussle,” he added.

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  1. THOR -
    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:44 am
    I support the destruction of TAJ as its a Zenith of Islamic Iconism in INDIA and one day when RSS will attain the level OF sophistication and radicalization of Taliban (like Buddhas of Bamiyan) by Shiva's (Who is the eternal destroyer) Grace it will become a reality. or i have good proposition reallocate TAJ to STAN AND IN RETURN GET NANKANA SAHIB Jai Bharat .,
    1. A
      Dec 8, 2014 at 8:44 am
      You are . Whatever Bajpai is saying, 100% true. Do some research and you will find it. A big research was done in 1960s and 1970s but dictator Indira hi did not allow that research to be published and come out. Go through the below URLs and also do some research. It was done by two US based (one Indian and one American) history professors.:www.stephen-knapp/w...:www.krishnapath/pho...
      1. T
        Dec 9, 2014 at 12:31 am
        Here we go again; something else claimed to be a Hindu temple. people, we have more important issues to deal with than twiddling around this non-issues. And you know what, even if it was a Hindu temple; do you want to destroy it and build a temple there? Hinduism does NOT need temples; all of us carry one within us. Ignorance must have been on today; plenty of it displa.
        1. A
          Dec 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm
          put this man behind the bar such people reallycreating problems in u.p for sake of vote politicsn giving bad name of upians who r living outside u.p.n love their state more than upians living in u.paswe have to competete with other state'speople.
          1. V
            Dec 8, 2014 at 7:46 am
            So what if it is the truth? If it was legally sold, the you forfeit the right to the land, anyways. Can I sell a plot today and claim it as mine 20 years down the road?
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