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Yogi Adityanath’s Agra visit: CM reiterates Taj Mahal built ‘by the blood and sweat’ of India’s sons, labourers

Yogi Adityanath, however, while addressing a public meeting later in the day, reiterated his previous remarks that the monument was built “by the blood and sweat” of India’s sons and labourers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 4:35 pm
uttar pradesh, yogi adityanath, agra visit, taj mahal remark, yogi adityanath agra visit, india news, indian express news In the meeting, CM Adityanath listed the projects being undertaken by the state government to develop Agra. (Source: Twitter/ANI photo)

After attracting criticism for his remark on the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday visited the Mughal era monument and also swept the road outside the western gate of the Taj Mahal. He however, while addressing a public meeting later in the day, reiterated his previous remarks that the monument was built “by the blood and sweat” of India’s sons and labourers.

In the meeting, CM Adityanath listed the projects being undertaken by the state government to develop Agra. An amount of Rs 350 crore has been allocated to build a dam to improve water supply in the city, he said. An inner ring road and an international airport will soon come up in Agra, he added.

Taking a jibe at the previous Samajwadi Party government, he said during the tenure of the SP government only criminals prospered and corruption increased. He also accused the previous state government of disturbing the social fabric of the state and ignoring the interests of the common man.

Earlier in the day, Adityanath spent close to 30 minutes at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal before proceeding to visit the nearby Shah Jahan park. He also inspected the site on which a Mughal museum is being built at a cost of Rs 141 crore.

The CM’s visit to the monument,which is being widely viewed as a damage control exercise following the controversy over its place in Indian heritage, was the visit by a BJP chief minister of the state. The last time a Uttar Pradesh chief minister visited Taj Mahal was two years ago, when Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav arrived at the monument on Valentine’s Day.

The CM entered the monument and inspected the four minarets. He later exited the Taj Mahal complex in a battery-operated cart. He laid the foundation stone for a tourist pathway connecting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Though there are no restrictions on tourists visiting Taj Mahal but the security has been stepped up owing to Yogi Adityanath’s visit. An official told PTI that over 14,000 police personnel have been deployed across Agra.

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    JAIHIND
    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm
    Permanence is another of the teachings of the universal philosophy of all religions, especially of our vedic religion, nothing in this universe is permanent, the Ram Temple in Ayodhya if there was one at the very same site as the Babri Masjid, it was not permanent, The Shiva Temple if there was one before the Taj Mahal, it was not permanent, neither was the Babri Masjid nor will the Taj Mahal will ever be permanent, it will disappear because of hatred, whatever replaces the Babri Masjid and the Taj Mahal will become a symbol of hatred instead of a place of worship to the universal spirit. Maybe the new Hindutava dispensation wants that, convert a wonderful philosophy of universality to that of specificity and hatred. That is all men of small stature and understanding do.
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      JAIHIND
      Oct 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm
      Its not a question of you worship, according to the all religious beliefs vedic, I will not call it hindu, christianity, Islam, Budhisism, there is a universal Conscience of a Godhead, Christ, Shiva, Rama, Buddha and all other great figures are a manifestation of this universal Conscience. According to our vedic traditions, all religions are a like rivers that flow to the ocean and mix in it, its the same with religions they all flow and eventually meet in the universal Conscience. Also according to the our vedic tradition, there is supposed to be no mixing of Karma (stated very clearly in the Gita) i.e. duties of a holy man should not take on the duties of a ruler. At one point the current dispensation in power take advantage of their dominant power and preach Hindutava and on the other violate it left and right. Yogiji should either give up his saffron Tilak and vastra for a vermillion Raj Tilak and dhotis of the ancient kings of the vedic age. Either be a Yogi or a Dhongi.
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      1. Devadoss Eswar
        Oct 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm
        Any Landmark Monument of India, for that matter, had to be bulit by the sweat and labor of Indians only and they were all dedicated to the work of building the great image of this counrty , lovingly protected by the rulers of that time ! There was no mean-mindedness or feelings of hatred and racism among the two sides . For the first time, we are all being humiliated by this politician by such talks of hatred and still keeping our cool like shameless s after losing our precious votes to such a party !! Just imagine how the world will think of India suddenly discovering so many ideas on this world heritage in such a low taste !!!Where are we being le by this party and its Govt here and at the Center in the name of sovereignty and democracy ?
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          Ramesh Chhabra
          Oct 26, 2017 at 8:27 pm
          Whether labors were India's son or Bharat son? Name of India was came into circulation after forming of East India Company by Britishers.
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            Ag
            Oct 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm
            chad di nath pls break taj mahal and make chad dI mahal by calling the labour from uk, America and Europe country and hang your dirty chad di on the gate of it and pls don't forget to write build from sweat and blood from forign labour.
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              Ramesh Chhabra
              Oct 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm
              How would you say labors from UK America, Europe?
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