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Taj Mahal a prominent tourist centre, initiated number of schemes for its development: Yogi Adityanath

This is the first time the chief minister is reacting to the controversy over a tourism booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh government which had no mention of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Written by Liz Mathew | Kannur | Updated: October 4, 2017 4:10 pm
Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, center, waves as he joins a rally led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, left, at Keechari in Kannur, India, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (Source: AP)

Breaking his silence over the controversy surrounding the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is Kerala to participate in BJP’s ‘Janraksha Yatra’, on Wednesday said his government has initiated a number of schemes for its development.

“Taj Mahal is a very prominent tourist centre. We have initiated a number of schemes for its development in the tourism point of view,” Yogi Adityanath told The Indian Express.

This is the first time the chief minister is reacting to the controversy over a tourism booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh government which had no mention of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the major tourist attractions of the state.

“It is not an issue at all,” he said when asked about the controversy.

The booklet released by the state Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi features other heritage sites including Adityanath’s Gorakhdham temple and temples of Mathura and Ayodhya as well.

The state government has denied that it was deliberately dropped from the tourism booklet. In a release, the state government has said that the state government had proposed tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore under which Rs 156 crore were meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.

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  1. G
    Oct 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    The way BJP is going In UP look to be they will be voted out 2019 .
    1. S
      Shailendra K V
      Oct 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm
      For Secular People : Yogi said that giving replica of Taj Mahal as a gift is not Indian culture. But there is belief amongst many orthodox Hindus that Taj Mahal being a Tomb , a replica should not be kept in the house...it is bad omen. And many don't even get the replica home leave apart gifting it as the recipient may not like it In his travelogue, Among the Believers, V. S. Naipaul wrote “The time before Islam is a time of blackness: that is part of Muslim theology. History has to serve theology.” So, Naipaul noted that that Islamic Republic of Pakistan, instead of taking pride in their nation’s famous archaeological site at Mohenjo Daro, saw in its ruins the confirmation of the Quranic wisdom.Some of them wanted a verse of the Quranic sura, “ al-Imran “ to be inscribed their as an instruction to the faithful:”Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what the end of those who rejected Truth” (3:137).
      1. D
        Oct 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm
        In a democracy a Political party looks out for the Voter,but what is distinct in the way the BJP and its leadership is going about is to have supporter.A voter is one who changes the party he chooses if at all he is unhappy with the performance or failure to deliver on promises.But a supporter is One who will vote for the Thinking and Ideology irrespective of job loss/high food and fuel prices/Falling Re or Promises being reduced to slogans.The truth is Yogi and co have created that Supporter among the Indian voter who will vote for the Party no matter, what.On Taj Issue ,now if the State(Govt) decides to do away with Taj and promote the rest as tourist attractions and heritage.So be it.Why take it as a Issue of attack against a iden y.Yogi has done a PM by successively diverting issues which need to be debated like 19 paise loan waiver for farmers and Deaths due to lack of oxygen ,attack of female students.By bring this Up.
        1. I
          Oct 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm
          Considering Taj Mahal as a prominent tourist spot is one thing and as National heritage and cultural centre is entirely different thing. Do not consider CM as stupid, he is very clear in his approach which is very unfortunate. His hidden agenda is to make Hindu temples and other Hindu rligious and cultural places as national symbols and heritage BUT others will be considered only as tourist spot. Let us not be happy because CM spoke about Taj Mahal. Challenging days ahead.
          1. A
            Oct 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm
            Both of them are having Beef curry and poratta in Kerala .
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