Taj Mahal was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers: Yogi
A day after controversy erupted over Sangeet Som's remark that Taj Mahal was a blot on Indian history, Uttar Pradesh Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Taj Mahal is important from the perspective of tourism.
Adityanath will visit the Taj Mahal on October 26. He is also likely to visit the Agra Fort and attend an event at the Taj Mahal.
"It does not matter who built it and for what reason, it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers," the UP CM told news agency ANI.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday attempted to distance itself from Sangeet Som's comments on the Taj Mahal, dubbing them as his "individual opinion".
The MLA from Sardhana had said that the Taj Mahal was built by 'traitors' and cannot be included in Indian history.
Earlier on Tuesday, Samajwadi Party leader Azan Khan said that all buildings constructed by pre-independence rulers should be demolished, including Parliament and the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao had said the party does not have any view on specific monuments and its members can hold whatever opinion they have.