Red Fort too was built by 'Traitors' says angry Owaisi

  • Red Fort too was built by 'Traitors' says angry Owaisi

Red Fort too was built by 'Traitors' says angry Owaisi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rebuked Som's comments questioning the Taj Mahal's place in India's heritage and also accused the BJP of making "divisive statements" with a "political agenda". Mr Som also termed Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb "traitors" and said their names would be removed from the pages of history. What history are you talking about?

Adityanath said the Taj was important for the Uttar Pradesh government, specially "from the tourism perspective" and "it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there". What place's history? Whose history?

"The creator of the Taj Mahal (Shah Jahan) imprisoned his father". He wanted to massacre Hindus.

Several opposition politicians, including an SP spokeswoman, slammed Som for his remarks.

On one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath are constantly working on "development", and on the other hand, individuals like Sangeet Som, Sadhvi Prachi and Sakshi Maharaj are trying to derail the vehicle of development.

"The Taj Mahal has been the legacy of Uttar Pradesh and hence, claiming that the government is ignoring it is wrong", Joshi had said.

Earlier this month, Taj Mahal's absence in a new tourism brochure of Uttar Pradesh sparked outrage.

Som's comments during a visit to Meerut district yesterday prompted an angry response from All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi who asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.

Disowning the comments, Som's party senior Nalin Kohli said: "That is his individual view". It claims to be committed to the upliftment of Agra and Taj Mahal. Chief Minister Adityanath and I call Taj our cultural heritage.

The legislator went on to say that if such people are renowned in history, he "guarantees" that history will be rewritten.

The Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, attracts millions of tourists from across the world every year but the 17th century marble mausoleum was missing from a booklet released recently to mark six months of the BJP government.