Yogi gets snap done with with foreigners, visits Taj Mahal
With many a objectionable statements being given on Taj Mahal over past few days, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made his first visit to Taj Mahal on Thursday. He also got himself snapped with foreigners on the same day that another Swiss couple got beat up as they tried to get away from a mob.
Yogi Adityanath made his first visit as Chief Minister to the country’s most popular tourist spot today – he visited the Taj Mahal amid extensive commentary against the 17th century monument by several leaders from his party, the BJP, and asserted, “Why get into who built the Taj and why? What is important is that it was built with the labour of Indian workers.”
“Those people questioning my visit to Agra are people who had divided society on the lines of caste, creed and religion,” said the Yogi, whose visit to the Taj included a half-hour stop at the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The 45-year-old, who is a priest from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, also tweeted photos of himself with foreigners at the spectacular marble mausoleum. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Junior Tourism Minister KJ Alphons have written to him expressing concern about an attack on Sunday on a young Swiss couple near the monument.
A group of men approached the couple near a local railway station and demanded selfies with the woman before attacking them with stones. The man suffered a fractured skull while his girlfriend, a 24-year-old Swiss national, has a broken arm and multiple bruises.
Bystanders took videos of the couple on their mobile phones as they lay on the ground after the attack.
Yogi Adityanath is now the first BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to have visited the Taj Mahal. In May, his trip to Agra omitted the monument.
Recently, BJP leaders went on a verbal rampage against the Taj, with Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the state, alleging it was built by “traitors” who wanted to eliminate all Hindus.