After BJP MLA Sangeet Som remarked that Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian culture, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, said that the monument was built by ‘blood and sweat of Indian laborers’. The CM will make his maiden visit to the world heritage site on 25 October.
“It does not matter who built it and for what reason. It was built by blood and sweat of Indian laborers,” Adityanath said. “It is very important for us, especially from tourism perspective it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there,” he added.
The CM’s schedule for Taj visit was announced a day after Sangeet Som, BJP MLA from Sardhana, called the monument a ‘blot’ on Indian history and culture.
“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 history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?” Som had said.