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Taj Mahal is the jewel of India, says UP governor Ram Naik

His remarks come two days after UP CM Yogi Adityanath visited Agra, where he swept the road outside the Taj Mahal

Press Trust of India  |  Jaunpur (UP) 

Taj Mahal (Photo: Wikipedia)
Taj Mahal (Photo: Wikipedia)

Uttar Pradesh Governor today termed as "the jewel of the country", days after the state's Chief Minister visited the Mughal-era monument and hailed it as a gem.

Naik, who is here to inaugurate a seminar at the Vir Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, told reporters that the 17th century monument is a heritage of the country and this fact cannot be ignored.

"is the jewel of the country from the global point of view...the Prime Minister and Chief Minister have also clarified this," the governor said.

His remarks come two days after Adityanath visited Agra, where he swept the road outside the Taj Mahal, went inside the monument and described it as a gem and an integral part of Indian culture.

The much-publicised visit, the first by a BJP chief minister of the state, had come after the party's leaders and ministers made provocative statements against the famed symbol of love.

Adityanath's decision to visit the was announced after a series of controversies, beginning with a tourism department booklet not mentioning the white marble monument in its list of development projects in the state.

Subsequently, BJP MLA Sangeet Som said history would be rewritten to erase the Taj Mahal from it and BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said it was originally a Shiva temple.

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First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 21:40 IST