Yogi Adityanath in Agra highlights: UP CM committed to tourist safety, says Fatehpur Sikri attackers won't be spared

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Yogi Adityanath in Agra highlights: UP CM committed to tourist safety, says Fatehpur Sikri attackers won't be spared
  • 19:05 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath takes a tour of Keetham Lake bird sanctuary 

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Adityanath meets blind children

  • 19:02 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath's visit to Taj Mahal was a journey of repentance, says CPI leader Atul Anjan

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's visit to the Taj Mahal was a journey of repentance, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan said on Thursday.

    The chief minister, who visited the Taj Mahal on Thursday, had gained atonement, Anjan said, recalling provocative statements on the 17th-century Mughal era monument made by Adityanath and other BJP leaders. Read more here.

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Incidents like Fatehpur Sikri attack negatively impact our image, KJ Alphons writes to Yogi Adityanath

  • 17:12 (IST)

    'We have started cleanliness drive in Agra and this will help us in beautifying the city'

  • 16:59 (IST)

    We will not be lenient with anyone who misbehaves with tourists in Uttar Pradesh, says Yogi Adityanath

  • 16:52 (IST)

    'We are trying to connect different parts of Uttar Pradesh to boost tourism'

  • 16:51 (IST)

    Adityanath promises new strategy to provide security to tourists

    Yogi Adityanath said the Uttar Pradesh government will formulate a new police strategy to provide security to tourists. The brutal attack on the young Swiss couple has caused a stir and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has also demanded a report from the state government.

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Working towards an opportunity of Metro railway in Agra, says Adityanath

  • 16:40 (IST)

    'We believe in Athithi Devo Bhava for both Indian and foreign tourists'

    "We are trying to improve connectivity in Agra and Uttar Pradesh. Indian and foreign tourists are all equal to us as 'atithis', we believe in atithi devo bhava. So we have to take strict action in the Fatehpur Sikri case," says Adityanath.

  • 16:37 (IST)

    It's our job to safeguard tourism in Agra, says Adityanath

  • 16:22 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Adityanath asks police to take strict action in Fatehpur Sikri incident

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Adityanath took photographs with foreign tourists after Taj visit

  • 15:51 (IST)

    The inner ring road will be ready soon. First, we are trying to complete the schemes left pending by previous govt, says Yogi Adityanath 

  • 15:43 (IST)

    The onus of security and preservation of Taj Mahal lies on our shoulders, says Adityanath

  • 15:40 (IST)

    'If the Supreme Court allows construction, then we plan to build a rubber dam, with a budget of around Rs 350 crore, across Yamuna'

  • 15:38 (IST)

    For 15 years only corruption has been allowed to grow in Uttar Pradesh, says Adityanath

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Taj Mahal is a wonder built from blood and sweat of Indians, says Yogi Adityanath

    Yogi Adityanath says, "Why go into who built Taj Mahal, rather remember that Indian labourers' blood and sweat contributed in constructing this wonder."

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Tourism can be given a boost by giving more amenities and improving security, says Yogi Adityanath

  • 15:29 (IST)

    'Rs 65 crore approved for the construction and development of Agra airport' 

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Adityanath says, "We are trying to complete the schemes which were left pending by the previous government"

  • 15:22 (IST)

    'The number of tourists in UP has increased after we improved safety and security measures in state'

  • 15:21 (IST)

    We have laid foundation of projects worth Rs 235 crore, says Yogi Adityanath

  • 15:18 (IST)

    There are 5 heritage sites in Agra. We must safeguard Agra Tourism, says Yogi Adityanath

  • 15:14 (IST)

    'Those who practise corruption, communal divide objected to my Taj Mahal visit'

    "A lot of people objected to my visiting the Taj Mahal. These are people who practise corruption and communal divide," says Yogi Adityanath 

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath, other BJP leaders at the inauguration of jan sabha

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Rita Bahuguna Joshi addresses the jan sabha, says Agra, Mathura is our life

  • 14:54 (IST)

    'In six months, Agra will receive the water of the Ganga'

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Watch BJP leaders address people at Jan Sabha meet

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath to start addressing jan sabha soon

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Instead of sweeping the Taj Mahal, UP CM must clean people's mind in his party and Cabinet, says Asaduddin Owaisi

  • 14:24 (IST)

    BJP MLA kicks up a storm, says monument built after demolishing Shiva temple

    The Taj Mahal was built by demolishing a Shiva temple, a legislator from Uttar Pradesh's ruling BJP said as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the 17th century monument.

    The Mughals first demolished the temple and then built the Taj Mahal, Agra North MLA Jagan Prasad Garg told reporters at the complex. Read more here.

  • 14:18 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath watches Mohabbat: The Taj show at Kalakriti Auditorium

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav calls Yogi Adityanath's visit to Taj as Lord Rama's 'kamaal'

    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday made light of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's visit to the Taj Mahal, saying it is Lord Rama's "kamaal" (wonder).

    "See how time changes...BJP did not consider it as heritage...and now the CM is cleaning West Gate of Taj Mahal with a 'jhadu' (broom)," Yadav told reporters.

    "It's good that SP workers from Agra have come here, otherwise they would have used broom at West Gate of Taj. He (CM) is wielding broom there. We have nothing to do with it. It is Lord Rama's 'kamaal'," he said. PTI

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Yogi also inspected the Mughal museum being constructed at a cost of Rs 141 crore

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Yogi gave instructions for cleanup of the Yamuna during his tour of the Taj Mahal

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Manjul points out the irony of it all

  • 12:59 (IST)

    RECAP: Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that the Taj Mahal 'has no connection with India's culture or heritage'

    Speaking in June 2017, Adityanath had said that the UNESCO world heritage site in Agra isn't Indian enough. The context of his comments was regarding gifts and souvenirs given to foreign dignitaries visiting the nations. "Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which did not reflect Indian culture... This is the first time this has happened that when India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes abroad, or any foreign president visits India, he is gifted the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita or the Ramayan," Adityanath said, reported The Telegraph. He also said, "Whenever Ramayan is gifted to any foreign president, that exhibits the history of Bihar."

  • 12:44 (IST)

    If Taj Mahal were missing from the tourist map, it could lead to a 25 percent drop in tourists

    The Taj has been India’s perennial cash cow for tourism. Almost 70 percent of visitors to India and domestic tourists have the monument on their must-see list. In fact, say tour operators, visitors choosing the most popular Golden Triangle, the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur route, often skip Jaipur but rarely has there been any one who wanted to skip Agra and consequently the Taj Mahal.

    "We have had foreign tourists who have booked the Golden Triangle and then skipped Jaipur and its palaces and forts and extended their time at Agra to see the Taj Mahal,” said Dipak Deva, Managing Director, TCI SITA, Thomas Cook India Group.

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Yogi to address a jana sabha after his visit

    As part of his schedule for today, Yogi will also address a jana sabha (public meeting) after he finishes his Taj Mahal visit.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath in Agra: UP CM launches mega cleanliness drive at Taj Mahal; to also inaugurate pathway to Red Fort

    Yogi accompanied by dozens of officials and police commandos wore yellow gloves, a white cap and an anti- pollution mask to sweep litter at the west gate of the Taj Mahal along with 500 BJP members.

    Over 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the Adityanath's security, who arrived in Agra early Thursday morning.

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Visuals from Yogi Adityanath's trip to the Taj Mahal

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Yogi reaches Taj Mahal

    The UP chief minister is inside the Taj Mahal complex. He is now near the eastern gate, according to CNN-News18.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Yogi laid the foundation stone for the renovation of Shahjahan park and the building of Agra Fort-Taj Mahal walkway under the World Bank-suported pro-poor development project

  • 11:22 (IST)

    From Ayodhya pitch to Taj Mahal visit, Yogi Adityanath has been pushing for religious tourism

    Yogi Adityanath has also been pushing to develop Ayodhya as a site of religious tourism. While declaring that a grand Diwali event is being organised in Ayodhya, he said that he wants to recreate it to match its past.

    After Sangeet Som declared that the Taj Mahal was a "blot on India culture", Adityanath distanced himself from the remark saying that it does not matter who built it and for what reason. "It was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers." Adityanath had said that his visit to Agra was pre-planned and has nothing to do with Som's comments.

    He has said it is part of the government's efforts to develop religious tourism circuit that would include other major centres like Vrindavan, Varasani, Mathura. The Taj Mahal has been mired in controversies and he wants to stop that because it is the most important tourist places, he had added.

  • 11:08 (IST)

    Yogi tweets out pictures of his broomwork from his Twitter account

  • 10:51 (IST)

    RECAP: From Sangeet Som to Azam Khan, hating the Taj Mahal has been a national obsession across political divide

    The Taj Mahal's metamorphosis into a punching bag is complete. Political leaders across the spectrum seem to have participated in a competition to determine who can make the most disparaging comments about the 16th century mausoleum.

    With so many comments and so many conspiracy theories about how exactly the Taj Mahal came into being, it's almost impossible to know the actual version of things. But if the Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) version is to be believed — and it should be, for it is the definitive word on historical monuments in the country — the Taj Mahal is most definitely a tomb and not a temple.

  • 10:36 (IST)

  • 10:35 (IST)

Amid several controversial remarks made by BJP leaders and ministers regarding the status of the 17th century monument in India's culture, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath reached Agra on Thursday morning.

Adityanath is the first BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to visit the Taj Mahal.

Adityanath wields broom

Yogi Adityanath, along with BJP workers and social activists, took part in a cleanliness drive outside the western gate of Taj Mahal.

Adityanath's schedule today

According to his schedule, Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby. The chief minister will inspect various places along the way, inside and outside the monument.

He will also lay foundation for the development of a tourist pathway from Taj Mahal to Agra Fort. He will also run a mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activisits and social workers around the west gate of Taj Mahal.

The chief minister has already declared that the state government will spend Rs 370 crore on development plans aimed at promoting tourism in the city of Taj. Along with the visit to Taj Mahal, Adityanath will inaugurate various development projects in Agra, an official spokesman said.

"During his tour of Agra.., the chief minister will be visiting all the places inside Taj Mahal," principal secretary, tourism, Awanish Awasthi said.

Yogi Adityanath in Agra highlights: UP CM committed to tourist safety, says Fatehpur Sikri attackers wont be spared

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath arrived in Agra on Thursday morning. Twitter/@ANINewsUP

Who said what 

Adityanath's visit to the Taj comes after series of controversies which erupted beginning with the Uttar Pradesh tourism department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the state. Soon after, BJP leader Sangeet Som called the Taj Mahal "a blot on Indian history" and the makers of the monument "traitors." That was just the start.

Reacting to Sangeet Som’s remarks, Yogi Adityanath said it doesn’t matter who built Taj Mahal, but added it built by the "blood and sweat of Indians".

However, addressing a rally in Gorakhpur recently, Yogi Adityanath called Taj Mahal the “pride of India” and referred to it as a “world class monument”. This was a significant departure from his remarks at a rally in Bihar last year, when he had said that the Taj does not represent Indian culture and that visiting foreign dignitaries should be presented with the Gita rather than replicas of Taj Mahal.

BJP leaders, including Vinay Katiyar, Subramanian Swamy and Anil Vij, have weighed in on the matter.

Swamy said Shah Jahan "stole" the Taj Mahal from the king of Jaipur. "There is evidence on record that Shah Jahan forced the Raja-Maharajas of Jaipur to sell the land on which Taj Mahal is standing, and he gave them a compensation of forty villages, which is nothing compared to the property's value," Swamy was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Katiyar said that Taj Mahal used to be a temple of Lord Shiva before it was captured by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, according to media reports.

In an interview with CNN-News18, when asked about Yogi Adityanath's scheduled visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, Katiyar refused to call the monument by its name and said, "It is Tejo Mahal. Taj Mahal used to be a temple of Shankar. Shah Jahan then buried his wife there." He added: "Hindu kings had built the Tejo Mahal. It was so famous that Shah Jahan later captured it."

A minister said it could be replaced by the Guru Gorakhnath peeth instead. The minister in charge of religious affairs and culture, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, said that keeping out the Taj Mahal was necessary because the current government in Uttar Pradesh is "rashtravadi (nationalist)" and runs on "dharm niti (religious policy)."

"Taj Mahal is not the symbol of any religion and (it is) nobody's. It does not represent any religion... On the other hand, Gorakhnath peeth represents people's faith," Chaudhary had further added.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 19:05:12 IST

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