Mughal history will be rewritten: BJP MLA

A shopkeeper in Agra shows off a miniature version of the Taj. Miniatures of the monument are popular picks by tourists to the heritage site

Responding to BJP's UP legislator Sangeet Som's comments questioning Taj Mahal's place in history, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.

" Calling Taj Mahal "a blot on the India culture", Mr Som said, "The man who got the Taj Mahal (Shah Jahan) built, had imprisoned his father".

The MLA from Sardhana also termed Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb as "traitors" and said their names would be removed from the pages of history.

Slammed with ample criticism, the state government issued a clarification that the Taj Mahal would be included in another list of tourist places which will be released soon. "If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history", the BJP MLA said, as reported by The New Indian Express. "I don't oppose Taj Mahal".

While nobody went so far as to discuss demolition of the Taj Mahal, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, known for his controversial statements, said that if the Uttar Pradesh government decides to demolish the Taj Mahal he would support the initiative, adding that the issue had been raised some decades back.

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Actually, it was Shah Jahan who was jailed by his son Aurangzeb.

"The Taj Mahal has national importance and visited by several people from all over the world".

This is not the first time that Som has created controversy.

A commission indicted Som in 2015 for provocative speeches but earlier this year, a Special Investigation Team probing the riots cleared him in connection with a fake video said to be one of the triggers for the riots. The BJP leader was also accused of stoking communal tensions in Dadri's Bisada village after the 2015 mob lynching of Mohammed Ikhlaq. "The PM will address the nation from Nehru Stadium...will fill some hearts with unabashed glee". "But the Muslim, Mughal rule can only be described as exploitative, barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance", he said. Names such as Ram, Shivaji Rao are now added in the new books by Uttar Pradesh government, he added. "When we speak of development of Ayodhya many see red".

The BJP government would make sure their valour and sacrifice is properly respected, Som said.

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