Twitterati unhappy with BJP MLA Sangeet Som’s Taj Mahal remark, asks if he’s ‘against marbles’

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.’

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2017 11:54 pm
taj mahal, sangeet som, sanget som taj mahal, sangeet som mughals remark, taj mahal up govt, taj mahal controversy, india news, uttar pradesh news, indian express The footage since then has created a huge buzz online and irked many thousands. Taj Mahal and Sangeet Som started dominating Twitter trends in India. (Source: Pixabay, File photo)

After UP tourism booklet left out Taj Mahal from its list of special attraction earlier this month, it angered a lot of people. However, the controversy subsided when the Uttar Pradesh government clarified that it “did not forget Taj Mahal” instead has assigned over Rs 150 crore for its development.

But starting a fresh controversy, BJP MLA Sangeet Som justified the move, saying, “the builder of the monument had worked to eliminate Hindus from Uttar Pradesh and India.” In a video footage released by news agency ANI, Som said, “Many people were sad when the Taj Mahal was removed from the tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The history that the builder of the Taj had imprisoned his father? The history that the builder of the Taj had worked to eliminate Hindus from Uttar Pradesh and India? If such people are still mentioned in history then it is unfortunate.”

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The footage since then has created a huge buzz online and irked many thousands. Taj Mahal and Sangeet Som started dominating Twitter trends in India and Tweeple slammed him for his remark, others were quite sarcastic.

The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO world heritage site, that draws millions of tourists every year was not added to the tourism booklet released recently by the government’s tourism department. The opposition Congress had accused the Yogi government of playing with history. 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.

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