Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) UP MLA Sangeet Som
has an old relationship with controversies. On Monday, Som said the Taj Mahal
should not be a part of our history as its creators were the ones who "wanted to wipe out Hindus". The MLA's comments come in the aftermath of the criticisms faced by Uttar Pradesh government
for leaving out the 17th-century monument from the state’s official tourism booklet.
"Many people were pained when the Taj Mahal
was removed from the state's tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The history that the person who built the Taj Mahal
(Shah Jahan) locked up his father," Som said at an event in Meerut.
Som added: "Taj Mahal
was built by rulers who wanted to wipe out Hindus from India and Uttar Pradesh. I guarantee you that the history will be changed now. Taj Mahal
cannot be a part of our history."
Recently, the UP tourism department released a booklet detailing future plans, including a tour of famous monuments and locations central to Ramayana. The booklet had mentioned tourist destinations like the Gorakhpur temple, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
is the chief priest, and excluded the Taj.