Mughal history will be rewritten: BJP MLA

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

"Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places". We should expect buildings like the Victoria Terminus (now Shivaji Chhatrapati Terminus), Victoria Memorial, most government buildings in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi, including the famous Connaught Place, to come down soon and removed from both the history books and the tourist attraction lists for visitors. Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? He wanted to wipe out Hindus. If these people are part of our history, then it is very unfortunate.

"I can tell you with complete guarantee that history will be changed".

According to Hindustan Times, the comments by Som, a MLA from Sardhana in western Uttar Pradesh, who was addressing a gathering in Meerut, came after the monument was excluded from a Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month and did not receive funding in the state budget.

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.

In an interview to a TV channel, Adityanath said that he was open to the idea of renaming Taj Mahal, a UNESCO heritage site, as Tejo Mahalay but after a discussion on the issue. The BJP MLA was criticised and trolled on Twitter over his comments on one of the "Seven Wonders of the World".

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The BJP is spreading hatred due to the narrow minded approach of its leaders, alleged the Opposition parties.

Many Indians even took to social media to slam the BJP lawmaker. He further went on to challenge PM Modi to stop hoisting the tricolour from the Red fort. He created marvels like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort etc in a hope to make Agra an Urban centre as a rival city to Istanbul (Constantinople).

Taj Mahal is declared as the major tourist destination in the country by the UP government. Taj Mahal, a historical monument, is one reason why India is recognised in the world and millions of people every year visit India to witness the "symbol of love".

During the UP Assembly elections, Mohd Azam Khan had claimed that Taj Mahal was a property of the Sunni Waqf and should be handed over to the waqf.

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