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The monument of love is caught in a political storm

CM Yogi Adityanath to visit the Taj Mahal was announced after the series of controversies began with a UP tourism department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the state.

The monument isn’t part of Uttar Pradesh’s cultural heritage, according to the Yogi Adityanath government’s first state budget presented in July.

The annual budget for 2017-2018 makes no mention of Taj Mahal in the special section ‘Hamari Sanskritik Virasat’ incorporated in the finance minister’s 63-page speech.

The Taj Mahal was one of a string of monuments and heritage sites that was left out of the budget, triggering criticism that the exercise was communally inspired and bore the Hindutva stamp. A number of schemes were announced for Hindu pilgrimage towns of Ayodhya, Varanasi, Mathura and Chitrakoot.

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