Sangeet Som trolled on social media for Taj Mahal remark

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

His remarks came hours after he threatened to "change" history if people like Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, "who tried to wipe out Hindus", are seen as part of India's culture.

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned Som's comments saying that if the Taj Mahal was built by "traitors" - then the same traitors also built Red Fort.

In the new UP tourism booklet issued to mark the first six months of the UP Government, Taj Mahal was removed from the booklet.

"What history were they talking about".

He continued, that the iconic Taj Mahal should have no place in Indian history since it was built by traitors. He wanted to wipe out Hindus.

Adding that it was "unfortunate" that the country's history has "such people", the MLA said that the Adityanath-led UP government was attempting to bring history back on the right track.

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According to media reports, Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson distanced the party from this comment, Anila Singh said that Som made the statements in his own capacity.

Som is one of a number of right-wing Hindu politicians accused of instigating communal riots that left over 60 dead and thousands displaced in the state's Muzaffarnagar town in 2013.

After the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq on September 28, 2015, in UP's Dadri by a mob, which suspected him of storing cow meat in the fridge at his house, Som had addressed a mahapanchayat there, by violating Section 144.

Angry of the repeated reference to the Mughal heritage of Taj Mahal, Owaisi went a step further and said that if government wants, it can ask UNESCO to remove the monument from its list.

Lashing out at the BJP leadership, the Hyderabad MP asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi "will stop hoisting the "tricolour" at the Red Fort if in the BJP's view it was among the monuments built by "traitors". In the recent tourism booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Taj Mahal was not included in the list and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also stated that the Taj does not reflect Indian culture.

The UP government, after the backlash, declared Taj Mahal is a part of India's proud heritage. "Sangeet Som's attempt to politicise Taj Mahal is a shoddy attempt to further radicalise an already polarised political narrative", said another.

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