Taj row: Raze monuments reeking of pre-independence rulers, Azam Khan
As if BJP MLA Sangeet Som's remark on the Taj Mahal was not enough to stir a controversy, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has gone one step ahead.
Reacting to Som's comment that Taj Mahal is a blot on history, Khan said that all buildings constructed by pre-independence rulers should be demolished, including Parliament and the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
"Mai pehle se iss rai ka hoon ki ghulami ki un tamaam nishaniyon ko mita dena chahiye jisse kal ke shasakon ki boo aati ho...Akele Taj Mahal hi kyun? Parl, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutb Minar, Lal Qila kyun nahi? Ye sab ghulaami ki nishani hai (I have been saying that all the traces of slavery that reek of past rulers should be erased... Why only Taj Mahal? Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, Red Fort are all symbols of slavery)," Khan told news agency ANI.
Taking a sarcastic jibe at Som's remark that Taj Mahal was built by traitors, Khan said that anything associated with the traitors should be demolished.
Zaahir hai, traitors jinhe kehte hain RSS ke log. Agar ye traitors ki nishaniyan hain toh demolish kar dena chahiye:Azam Khan on Sangeet Som— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 17, 2017
BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Som had said that the Taj Mahal was built by 'traitors' and cannot be included in Indian history.
The MLA from Sardhana also reportedly said that the Taj Mahal was a blot on India culture. Som made these remarks during a function at Sisoli village in Meerut district on Sunday. It needs to be noted that the Taj Mahal was also omitted from Uttar Pradesh's official tourism booklet.