Sangeet Som added that one should not get disappointed by the UP government's decision to not include Agra's Taj Mahal in its official tourism booklet.
During the rally held in Meerut, Som also said that people should not be anxious that Taj Mahal wasn't there on the list. Many accused the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government of deliberately neglecting the monument built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan. The first list, it said, pertained to only religious places.
Mumbai: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday jumped into the ugly debate stirred by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over Mughal heritage and Taj Mahal. "Whether it is Babar, Akbar or Aurangzeb, the government is working to erase them from history".
Som also hit out at the Congress for interpreting the history in twisted way for vote bank politics. He had also been booked for making inflammatory remarks in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots. Sixty people were killed in those riots.
According to media reports, Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson distanced the party from this comment, Anila Singh said that Som made the statements in his own capacity.
"Taj Mahal is such a non issue but politicians will continue to try and divide this country.aur yaha twitter pe hum RW LW khelte rahe hai (and here on twitter, we will keep playing the game of right wing, left wing)", he wrote. The party's affiliates have been claiming that the mausoleum was, in fact, Tejo Mahalay, a temple of Shiva built by a Hindu king. "They changed Mughalsarai's name but if they want to change India's name, where will we go?"
"It does not reflect our culture", Adityanath said recently.
He also challenged the government to ask Unesco to remove Taj from the list of world heritage sites and ask tourists coming to India to stop visiting the monument. "Sangeet Som's attempt to politicise Taj Mahal is a shoddy attempt to further radicalise an already polarised political narrative", said another.