Gorakhpur: Seeking to reduce the damage following BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som’s controversial statement on the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the monument was built “by the blood and sweat” of India’s sons and labourers.
Stating that his government would fulfil its duty towards conservation of the “important” monument, Adityanath announced a Rs 370 crore development package for Agra and said he would visit the sites of the proposed works on October 26.
On the other side of the coin, Sayed Ejaz Abbas, has written to The International Council on Monuments and Sites, expressing fear about the “likelihood of destruction/ injury to the monument”.
Adityanath said: “Humme iski tah mein jaane ke avashyakta nahin ki Taj Mahal kyun bana… kya, kisne banaya… kis uddesya ke bhale banaya ho… Mahatvapurna yeh hai ki Taj Mahal Bharat ki majdooron ke… Bharat Mata ke saputon ki khoon-paseene ki kamai se bana hua hai.”
Stating that the Taj Mahal is famous the world over for its architecture, he added:”Its conservation, promotion for development of tourism, and providing protection and facilities for tourists who visit the monument is the Uttar Pradesh government’s responsibility… we will fulfil our duty.”