Political war erupts in India over iconic Taj Mahal

More than 10 million tourists visited Agra to see the Taj Mahal last year but there has been a 35 per cent fall since 2012

Days after the UP government excluded one of the seven wonders of the world and symbol of love "Taj Mahal" from the state's tourism booklet, BJP MLA Sangeet Som has created another controversy by calling "Taj" a blot on the Indian culture. You have demolished Babri Masjid, so all BJP members should demolish Taj Mahal and Red fort also. Som had asked. He had gone on to call Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb "traitors".

When asked what she made of the BJP lawmaker's claims, she said, "Well, every individual is free to make an opinion but as far as the government is concerned Taj is very much on our priority list".

In the new UP tourism booklet issued to mark the first six months of the UP Government, Taj Mahal was removed from the booklet.

UP legislator Sangeet Som " Taj Mahal does not deserve to be in the list of tourist attractions in Uttar Pradesh because Shah Jahan was a tyrant who had imprisoned his own father in the Red Fort", Sangeet Som (literal meaning: music and alcohol), provided an example of his brilliant mind.

The less we talk about the BJP leaders the better.

The BJP government would make sure their valour and sacrifice is properly respected, Som said.

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Another comedian Kunal Kamra trolled the statement, saying, "Taj Mahal is built by someone who exploited the country.But can the RSS tell us one thing that they've built which could help tourism?"

Soon after the controversy, the state government issued a press release saying, "Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra".

Som has earlier too been in news for making controversial statements.

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Shah Jahan's dream: Even though, all the Mughal monuments were built with utmost perfection, Shah Jahan wanted his monuments to stand apart. The BJP leader was also accused of stoking communal tensions in Dadri's Bisada village after the 2015 mob lynching of Mohammed Ikhlaq. They are only making such divisive statements with a political agenda. "BJP is hatching conspiracy to divide Bengal, we will not bow down", Banerjee said.

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