New Delhi: BJP MLA Sangeet Som has courted controversy for his comments on the heritage site Taj Mahal.
The BJP MLA, while addressing a gathering in Meerut, said that Taj Mahal was a blot on the Indian culture.
His comments come in the wake of the controversy surrounding the omission of Taj Mahal from the Uttar Pradesh Tourism booklet.
In a response to the critics, Som asked what history were they talking about. He said Taj Mahal’s creator Shah Jahan imprisoned his father and wanted to wipe out Hindus.
Sangeet Som said it is unfortunate if people like Shah Jahan were part of the history and his government will change this history.
The Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, attracts thousands of tourists from across the world each year. But the 17th-century marble mausoleum was missing from a booklet released recently to mark six months of the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath, who had said in June that the Taj Mahal does not reflect Indian culture.