New Delhi: Surendra Singh , BJP MLA said that the national monument and one of the ‘seven wonders’ of the world, the Taj Mahal should be renamed as ‘Ram Mahal’ or ‘Krishna Mahal’.
“Taj Mahal’s name, we’ll make it Ram Mahal, or Krishna Mahal, what’s in that. If I am to be heard it should be called ‘Rashtrabhakt Mahal” he said.
Controversial BJP MLA Surendra Singh is back with another contentious statement, this time pertaining to the Taj Mahal, one of the most popular historical monuments in the country as well as one of the ‘seven wonders’ of the world. He even reportedly proposed the idea that the Victoria Palace in Kolkata should be renamed ‘Janki Palace’.
As per the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who represents Balia constituency from Uttar Pradesh, names of roads, monuments and memorials built by Muslim rulers in India should be changed.
Speaking to reporters, Singh reasoned that monuments built by Muslim rulers should not be razed down as they were built using resources available in India.
Earlier in February this year, another BJP MLA Vinay Katiya had stated that the Taj Mahal should be “razed down” as it was a “blot on the Indian culture”.
“It was our temple. Now it has become a cremation ground. A time will come when the cremation ground inside the Taj will be destroyed by some administrator. Only our temple will exist and only the pillars that exist around it will stand,” Katiyar said. He also claimed that Taj Mahal was actually a Hindu temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’.
He said, “They should not be destroyed. Someone has erected buildings, using our land’s resources, that belongs to India. Someone used India’s resources and the construction worker’s name would be there…. that’s not a good thing. “However, he added that the names of such monuments should be changed.