Lucknow: The Taj Mahal was made by the blood and sweat of “Bharat Mata’s sons” and its protection was the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday.
Announcing that he would visit Agra next week to review tourism schemes, the chief minister said the Taj Mahal was a historical monument regardless of the emperor who had built it.
Adityanath’s comments come a day after his colleague, BJP MLA Sangeet Som, questioned the Taj Mahal’s place in India’s heritage and said history would be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors from it.
“It is immaterial as to whom and how the Taj Mahal was built… It was made by the sweat and blood of Bharat Mata’s sons,” the chief minister said in Gorakhpur.
“It is famous the world over for its architecture…it’s a historical monument and its protection and further development for tourism is the responsibility of the government,” he said.
Announcing that he would visit Agra on October 26 and there was a Rs 370 crore work plan for the city, Adityanath said it was the duty of the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that proper security and facilities were extended to tourists. Governor Ram Naik weighed in with his views on the 17th century monument to love built by Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.