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.”
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.
‘Taj Mahal a blot, built by traitors,’ says BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som.
He must be against marbles, having lost his.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 16, 2017
Sangeet Som’s attempt to politicise Taj Mahal is a shoddy attempt to further radicalise an already polarised political narrative.
— Kartikeya Sharma (@kartikeya_1975) October 16, 2017
Taj Mahal is blot on India’s culture and Chawla Chicken has no right to sell Mughlai chicken and cream Afgani
— Snow_Crash (@ishaanbhola) October 16, 2017
1. As an Indian, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort is as much of my heritage as Ramayana ans Mahabharat and Tagore’s Geetanjali. And no MLA’s rants
— PatralekhaChatterjee (@patralekha2011) October 16, 2017
Taj Mahal was built by ‘traitors’? Red fort was also built by same ‘traitors’? Will indian PM stop unfurling tricolor from the Red Fort?
— uwall ewall (@uwallewall) October 16, 2017
— Sayyad Mohd Arshi (@sayyad_arshi) October 16, 2017
Sangeet Som if yu ar so unhappy with Taj mahal, then ask UP govt to stop evry tourism activity there,why govt is earning millions from Taj.
— rakesh giri goswami (@rockygajendra) October 16, 2017
India is known in the tourist world for the Taj Mahal. One had better not bite the hand that feeds Mr. Sangeet Som
— Anuja (@AnjaSpeak) October 16, 2017
Sangeet Som not just the Taj Mahal even the Parliament House and Rashtrapathi Bhavan were made by traitors .Are you going to close them too
— Anoop Chathoth (@anoopc) October 16, 2017
“Taj Mahal” is an art.
Yeh Religion kyun aagaya bich mein ?
— Patakha Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) October 16, 2017
It is very painful to hear the speech of UP MLA about Taj mahal.Is it not a dangerous in a secular country?
— KANAGARAJ. A (@KANAGARAJA1) October 16, 2017
Is the future of Taj Mahal similar to Banyan and Palmyra… Indians give it a thought https://t.co/YGEQdrKnYh
— DEVASISH BASU (@DEVASISHBASU1) October 16, 2017
— Saniya Sayed (@Ssaniya25) October 16, 2017
“Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian Culture” says Sangeet Som,BJP MLA.Oh great! Transfer it to some other nation where heritage is valued
— Burair Abbas (@BurairAbbas23) October 16, 2017
— Rushi Sarvaiya (@RushiSarvaiya1) October 16, 2017
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.