Sangeet Som's remarks on Taj Mahal: Twitter trolls BJP minister, Mamata calls it agenda to finish 'India's values'

After riot-accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som courted controversy yet again by calling the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" and terming Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb as "traitors", politicians from both the ruling party and Opposition parties reacted to his statement.

Politics over this issue has begun as Som, during a visit to Meerut district, had also said the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his own father and had targeted many Hindus in his kingdom.

BJP MLA Sangeet Som said the Taj Mahal was a 'blot on Indian culture'. GettyImages

BJP MLA Sangeet Som said the Taj Mahal was a 'blot on Indian culture'. GettyImages

In fact, Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife and was imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb.

Here is how politicians reacted to Som's ridiculous remarks:

Asaduddin Owaisi

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief reacted to the BJP MLA's remarks by saying, "Traitors also built the Red Fort. Will the prime minister stop hoisting the Tricolour?"

"The government's priority should be providing governance. Governance has failed in Uttar Pradesh. So, they've taken to polarisation. There are hospitals where children are dying of lack of oxygen," Owaisi further said.

He also said that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Yogi Adityanath government are "blinded by hatred", they should carry an advertisement asking tourists not to go to the Taj Mahal.

GVL Narasimha Rao

Asked about the BJP's stand on Som's comments on the Taj Mahal, party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said the party does not have any view on specific monuments and its members can hold whatever opinion they have.

"But as far as the Muslim, Mughal rule in this country is concerned, that period can only be described as exploitative, barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance which harmed Indian civilisation and traditions immensely," he had told PTI.

"Even in the present times, Mulim leaders such as Owaisi exhibit the same level of intolerance as Muslim rulers once displayed," Rao had said, in response to Owaisi's remarks.

Mamata Banerjee

"It’s a systematic failure and a systematic political agenda to finish India’s values, culture and heritage. We strongly condemn it (sic)," News18 quoted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as saying.

“The day is not far when they would change the name of India,” she further said.

Reactions on Twitter

Twitterati was quick to erupt over the over Som's foot-in-mouth remarks. 'Taj Mahal' is still one of the top trends on Twitter.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 08:10 AM

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