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Sangeet Som's Taj Mahal a blot remark fails to get Yogi Adityanath's endorsement

India Today logo India Today 17-10-2017

© India Today Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that BJP MLA Sangeet Som'scomments on Taj Mahal are his personal opinion and the state government doesn't endorse them.

Adityanath said that his government has been working towards the revival of heritage structures in the state. He said that every historic monument is being considered by the government for tourism.

The chief minister is all set to visit Agra on October 26. He will also visit the Taj Mahal and attend a programme related to tourism.

Taj Mahal became the centre of controversy after BJP MLA Som on Monday said that it was built by a traitor and is a blot on Indian culture.

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Som had said that the creator of Taj Mahal had imprisoned his father and even wanted to wipe out Hindus.

When asked about his thoughts on Owaisi and SP leader Azam Khan's rebuttal to Sangeet Som's statement, Adityanath said that it was unfortunate that their comments are being taken seriously.

WHO SAID WHAT

Som's comment attracted reactions from leaders across the political spectrum. Hyderabad MP and chief of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi was the first to react on the comments made by Som.

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Owaisi in his response to the comments asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now ban tourists from visiting the monument. He asked Som if was going to ask PM Modi to not hoist the national flag on the Red Fort. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too reacted sharply to the comments made by Som. She said that the day is not far when the BJP will try to change the country's name.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today said that Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhawan too should be demolished as they are symbols of slavery.

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