Monday, 15 October, 2018

Taj Mahal was built by traitors: BJP leader Sangeet Som triggers controversy

A shopkeeper in Agra shows off a miniature version of the Taj. Miniatures of the monument are popular picks by tourists to the heritage site Taj Mahal built by traitors, should not get place in history: BJP MLA
Kenny Thornton | 16 October, 2017, 13:00

He said Taj Mahal's creator Shah Jahan imprisoned his father and wanted to wipe out Hindus. "If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history", he said while addressing a gathering.

Courting fresh controversy, BJP MLA Sangeet Som has termed Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb as "traitors" and said their names would be removed from pages of history.

His statements come close on the heels of similar controversies surrounding the white-marble monument in Agra, with the Uttar Pradesh government in general and Yogi Adityanath in particular being accused of undermining it. The creator of Taj Mahal (Shahjahan) imprisoned his father.

The 17th century mausoleum was built in 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a Muslim, for his third and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child.

The Sardhana MLA, who has been booked for hate speech during Muzaffarnagar riots, made shocking statements during an event in Meerut.

It's Weah vs Liberian VP in runoff election
Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the national election commission, announced this on Sunday. "Our son Weah will be the next president". However, many Liberians complain about poor public services and widespread corruption and say they are eager for a new president.

Owaisi took it one further and asked if the PM would also stop hosting foreign dignitaries at the Capital's iconic Hyderabad House, because that, too, was built by "traitors". Comedian Tanmay Bhat described the issue of Taj Mahal as irrelevant and said politicians were using it to divide the country.

"Many people were anxious that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of historical places in the UP tourism booklet".

The video that went viral showed him saying that Taj Mahal had no place India's history.

Besides his controversial remarks on Taj Mahal, Som also said that the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University was a hub of terrorists.

After Taj Mahal was removed from the Uttar Pradesh government's tourism booklet, Pakistani news wire Times of lslamabad had tweeted, "India ignoring Taj Mahal as it reminds them of thousands years of Muslim rule over India".

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