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Yogi Adityanath Taj Mahal visit Live Updates: UP CM reaches Agra Fort

26 October, 2017 3:41 AM
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Yogi Adityanath Taj Mahal visit Live Updates: UP CM reaches Agra Fort

Yogi Adityanath Taj Mahal visit Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is visiting Taj Mahal today. CM Adityanath's visit comes in the wake of various controversial statements made by some BJP leader and minister regarding the contribution of the 17th century monument in India's culture.

Yogi Adityanath Taj Mahal visit Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is visiting Taj Mahal today. CM Adityanath’s visit comes in the wake of various controversial statements made by some BJP leader and minister regarding the contribution of the 17th century monument in India’s culture. Notably, Adityanath’s visit will be the first by a BJP CM of the state. According to his programme schedule, CM Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby. The chief minister will inspect various places along the way, inside and outside the monument. Apart from these, Adityanath will also lay foundation for the development of a tourist pathway from Taj Mahal to Agra Fort. CM Adityanath will also run a mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activisits and social workers around the west gate of Taj Mahal. The Chief Minister has already declared that the state government will spend Rs 370 crore on development plans aimed at promoting tourism in the city of Taj. Earlier, BJP MLA Sangeet Som had questioned Taj Mahal’s place in history, distorting historical facts to say that it was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus. Vinay Katiyar, a BJP MP from Kanpur, claimed the Mughal mausoleum was built on a Hindu temple which had once housed a Shivling.

9:24 AM: “It was Tejo Mahal, Lord Shiva’s temple, where Shahjahan buried his wife and turned it into a mausoleum,” Katiyar, who had been in the forefront of the Ram temple movement of Ayodhya, had said.

9:21 AM: A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it doesn’t matter who built the Taj Mahal, Vinay Katiyar, a BJP MP from Kanpur, claimed the Mughal mausoleum was built on a Hindu temple which had once housed a Shivling.

9:18 AM: Following the controversy over the booklet, the state government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.”

9:16 AM: In fact, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

9:13 AM: Following the controversy over the booklet, the state government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.”

9:06 AM: In comments that come soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet, Som said, “Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history? Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?”

8:57 AM: The last time a UP CM visited the Taj was Akhilesh Yadav, more than two years back.

8:54 AM: That was the Valentine’s Day and Akhilesh sat on one of the benches in front of the monument along with his wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav.

8:51 AM: This was a significant departure from his remarks at a rally in Bihar last year, when CM Adityanath had said that the Taj does not represent Indian culture and that visiting foreign dignitaries should be presented with the Gita rather than replicas of Taj Mahal.

8:48 AM: Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath also address a public meeting later in the day.

8:46 AM: Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has arrived in Agra. He will be visiting Agra Fort.

8:43 AM: BJP MLA Sangeet Som had called Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian history” and BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said it was originally a Shiva temple.

8:40 AM: CM Yogi Adityanath’s decision to visit Taj Mahal was announced after a series of controversies erupted, beginning with a UP tourism department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the state.

8:34 AM: Along with the visit to Taj Mahal, CM Adityanath will inaugurate various development projects in Agra, an official spokesman said here today.

8:30 AM: “During his tour of Agra.., the chief minister will be visiting all the places inside Taj Mahal,” principal secretary, tourism, Awanish Awasthi said.

8:27 AM: CM Adityanath will also run a mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activisits and social workers around the west gate of Taj Mahal.

8:24 AM: The Chief Minister has already declared that the state government will spend Rs 370 crore on development plans aimed at promoting tourism in the city of Taj.

8:18 AM: The chief minister will inspect various places along the way, inside and outside the monument.

8:15 AM: Yogi Adityanath will also lay foundation for the development of a tourist pathway from Taj Mahal to Agra Fort.

8:13 AM: Yogi Adityanath will be the first BJP CM of UP to visit the monument of love.

8:11 AM: According to his programme schedule, CM Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby.

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Source: financialexpress.com

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B Bharati

26 October, 2017 3:41 AM

Nothing against Islam/ BJP or anyone! However your reporter needs to know that all major Muslim monuments were built on top of destroyed temples, etc. Yes the Taj, like Q Minar, Juma Masjid, etc. does have a Hindu background, even the land was taken from the raja of Amber. Most Mughal buildings have detailed documents: there are no authentic ones for the Taj and even the source of marble, workers, etc. are not recorded. Also UK used it for honeymoon cottages and had parties in and around it. Soldiers were allowed to remove the Jaipuri precious stones. Hastings wanted to destroy it and sell the marble in Sussex since UK had officially sanctioned looting India was the goal and acceptable. Luckily there were no takers in Sussex. What has happened is over but why conceal it? Why not accept it and move on?