Samajwadi Party leader, Azam Khan, who is known for his controversial remarks, said if the Uttar Pradesh government decides to destroy Taj Mahal, he would support them. Defending his scandalous remark, he said monuments like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and even the Parliament, are signs of slavery.
Recently, the UP Tourism had released a 32-page booklet, ‘Uttar Pradesh Paryatan – Apaar Sambhavnaayein’. The booklet included images of cultural and heritage sites in UP, and had a cover featuring the Ganga aarti in Varanasi with CM Adityanath and Tourism Minister Rita Bahugana.
However, Taj Mahal, the most famous tourist destination of the state, was noticeably missing. This was not taken kindly by the public and within hours people showed their anger and protested on social media.
Denying allegations that the state was not taking care of Taj Mahal, Bahuguna said, “Taj Mahal is a world heritage and a major tourist attraction. We had allotted 156 crore for the betterment of facilities around it.”