Who is Sangeet Som?

On Monday, Som flared up a controversy by saying that the heritage monument was built by traitors and was a blot on Indian culture. However, the BJP distanced itself from Som's comment calling it his personal opinion.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 12:30 pm
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Not new to controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sangeet Singh Som on Monday raised many eyebrows by calling Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture and history. His comments came days after the Uttar Pradesh government dropped Taj Mahal from the state tourism booklet. Som said, “Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history? Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it a history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?”

Som’s remark evoked sharp criticism from various quarters.  Hitting out at Som, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.

Here’s all you need to know about Sangeet Som, the controversial BJP leader

Som is a two time-sitting MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Sardhana constituency. Born to an affluent Thakur family in Alamgeer village (Faridpur) in Meerut district’s Sardhana Tehsil, Som was raised in Khatauli near Muzaffaragar. A popular figure among the Hindu Right, he is also among the accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots.

He has been felicitated with awards like Hindu Hriday Samrat and Mahathakur Sangharshveer by various Hindu religious groups. He was booked for his alleged involvement in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and also rapped under the National Security Act in September 2013.

The report submitted by Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission named him among the top people responsible for inciting the riots. In January this year too, Som was booked for showing video clips of riots to people as part of a documentary but he was later given a clean chit.

In September 2015, he made allegations against the Samajwadi Party and Uttar Pradesh for discriminating on religious grounds in an investigation into Janmashtami clashes. Som has been an anti-beef campaigner for years now. However, a report in The Hindu said he co-founded a firm called Al Dua in 2005-06 and was associated with it till around 2008 as director. The firm is a large scale exporter of halal meat. On the website, Al Dua’s product portfolio includes beef from buffalo. The company exported halal buffalo meat, lamb meat, goat meat and hides.

On Monday, Som flared up a controversy by saying that the heritage monument was built by traitors and was a blot on Indian culture. However, the BJP distanced itself from Som’s comment calling it his personal opinion. The Yogi Adityanath government in BJP claimed that the monument was a part of our proud heritage.

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  1. G
    Oct 18, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    Like Many of Indians, Sangeet Some is also hungary for 15 minutes of fame. Some body should SLAP him.
    1. C
      Cybil Peril
      Oct 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm
      Well, Som might have exaggerated his comment a little but then, those retorting him are certainly amorous on it. Why should these muzzies not leave him alone, instead of giving it too much air? It certainly lends him some credibility with these Islamists farting upon it. Muslims are fundamentalists by Book. They ask, "Why BJP does not give tickets to Muslims"? But the same ppl don't reply on, "Why Muslims never vote for Hindu candidates or Muslims are keeping distance from BJP, instead of joining BJP in large numbers. Muslims want to eat pie but not cook it. It shall be very interesting to find out, "How many Muslims pay Income Tax, comparatively"?
      1. N
        No nonsense
        Oct 18, 2017 at 10:46 am
        Sangeet Som is owner of a beef exporting company. : thehindu /news/national/Sangeet-Som-BJP E2 80 99s-leading-anti-beef-crusader-owned-a-meat-exporting-company/article10149486.ece
        1. R
          Oct 18, 2017 at 8:38 am
          Who is Sangeet Som? The next CM candidate of BJP in UP when Yogi is elevated to the post of PM !
          1. M
            Oct 18, 2017 at 7:53 am
            I used to wonder how Taliban could destroy the Bamiyan statues. Now, these BJP guys are providing me an insight into the minds of extremists and terrorists.
            1. C
              Cybil Peril
              Oct 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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